Dracula cutis-bufonis Luer & R. Escobar 1978SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Chestertonia

Flower Closeup

Photo by Eric Hunt

Common Name The Toad Skin Dracula [refers to the warty sepals]

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in Antioqia department of Colombia on the central cordillera in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 2600 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte and terrestrial with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, lightly plicate, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a slender, purple, horizontal to descending, 3.2 to 8" [8 to 20 cm] long, congested, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying tubular floral bracts

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 drawing/photo/herbarium sheet fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 2 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1989 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 81 #2 2017 photo fide;