Dracula villegasii Königer 1999 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

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Common Name Villegas' Dracula [Colombian Orchid Nurseyman current]

Flower Size

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 1990 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with furrowed ramicauls enveloped by 3 tubular, loose, scarious sheaths and carrying an erect, herbaceous, narrowly elliptical, dorsally keeled, acute, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms on a terete, slender, obliquely descending 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, provided with 2 close, distant bracts, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with folded-tubular, shorter than teh pedicel floral bract.

"Dracula villegasii resembles Dracula sibundoyensis, but is distinguished from it by its broadly lanceolate leaves, by a hairy, tongue-shaped callus on the upper end of the dorsal sepal and by the epichile of the lip, which shows 3 parallel, entire main-lamellae and several oblique lateral lamellae as well as by its non-toothed margin." Koniger 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Arcula 8: 218. 1999 Drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;