Dracula veneficia Luer & R. Escobar 1981 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

Plant and Flowers Photo by Milan Vagner

Common Name The Poisonous Dracula

Flower Size 3.2" x 6" [8 x 15 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 1600 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a sparsely bracted, ascending, 3.2 to 4.2" [8 to 11 cm] long, loose, successively single, few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular floral bract.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 5 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1992 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 12 1996 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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