Dracula amaliae Luer & R. Escobar 1978 > SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate Luer 1993

Newly opened Flower, lip detail

Photos by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Amalia's Dracula [Sra Lehmann de Sarria Colombian grandaughter of German Orchid Collector 1900's]

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Cauca and Valle de Cauca departments of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 1900 meters as an small to medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer through fall on a purple, horizontal to descending, arising from low on the ramicaul, racemose, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, succcesively single, few flowered, inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by large, flat, shote flowrs with round sepals lightly suffused with brown and densely pubescent within and borne by relativelyt short peduncles. The epichile of the lip is round and verrucose. From the comparitively large midline carina, low lamellae radiate into marginal teeth." Luer 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 photo/drawing/Herbarium specimen fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 10 2009 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #2 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #2 2017 photo fide;