Dracula wetzeliana Vierling 2020 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate Luer 1993

Lip detail Side

TYPE Drawing

Photos/TYPE Drawing by Gerhard Vierling and Die Orchidee, Taxon. Mitt. 6(18): 142 Vierling 2020

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Common Name or Meaning Wetzel's Dracula [German Orchid Enthusiast early 2000's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm] wide

A plant of unknown origin as a small sized, presumed epiphyte with erect, strong ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly leathery, keeled, narrowly elliptic, acute, gradually tapering below into base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a slender, greenish to brown tinged, mottled, horizontal, arising from low on the ramicaul, provided with a few bracts, 4.8 to 6" [12 to 15 cm] long, successively single, to few flowered, racemose inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Dracula wetzeliana is similar to Dracula pholeodytes but differs by the widely spread flower as opposed to the deeply cupped flower of Drac. pholeodytes, by the larger petals and by the larger reniform epichile of the lip." Vierling 2020

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Die Orchidee, Taxon. Mitt. 6(18): 142 Vierling 2020 drawing/photo fide;

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