Dracula bellerophon Luer & R. Escobar 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate

Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Common Name or Meaning Bellerophon’s Dracula [In Greek Mythology Pegasus' rider who slew the Chimaera]

Flower Size 2" x 8" [5 cm x 20 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia on the central cordillera in cloud forsts at elevations around 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying asingle, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a subdense, purplish, horizontal to descending, 5" to 8" [12 to 20 cm] long, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with sparse bracts and carrying a tubular green floral bract.


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; Pleurothallinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 4 Kolanowska, Szlachetko 2016