Dracula diana Luer & R. Escobar 1981 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

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Plant and Flowers Photos by Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Common Name Diana's Dracula [Roman Goddess of the moon refers to the white round flowers]

Flower Size 2 x 4" [5 x 10 cm]

Found in Colombia on the western cordillera in cloud forests at elevations around 1200 to 1600 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, subplicate, narrowly obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and spring on a slender, horizontal, successively few flowered, 3.2" to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and having a few bracts and tubular floral bracts.

Dracula diana is closely allied to the D. houtteana-psittacina complex, but it is best distinguished from them by the broad, subplicate leaves. The greenish white flowers minutely spotted with purple are only slightly larger. The lip is very similar to that of D. houtteana.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 7 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1994 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo 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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