Dracula vinacea Luer & R. Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae Photo by © Jean Finalle

EARLY

Common Name The Wine Red Dracula

Flower Size 1" x 7" [2.5 x 17.5 cm]

Found in the easten cordillera in the departmnet of Boyaca Colombia in cloud forests and road banks at elevations above 2400 meteres as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, very narrowly elliptical-linear, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through early fall on a slender, horizontal to descending, sparsely bracted, peduncle 4 to 7.2" [10 to 18 cm] long, arising from low on the ramicaul, rachis to 3.2" [8 cm] long, lax, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with a tubular floral bract

This species is one of only seven Dracula species that occur on the eastern cordillera, the other 6 are, D gerhardii, D anthracina, D orientalis and D vlad tepes as well as and D. diabola in Boyacá and D. psittaccina in Cundinamarca

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 4 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1991 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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