Dracula berthae Luer & R. Escobar 1979 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Costatae

Photo by Eric Hunt

Plant in flower

Photo by Dale and Deni Borders

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Bertha's Dracula [Sra. Bertha Lasema de Bogata Colombia current]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Boyaca department of Colombia on the eastern cordillera at elevations of 1800 to 2600 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic orchid is found with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a slender, arising from low on the ramicaul, purple, horizontal to ascending, few bracted, 3.2" to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence and carrying tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by the erect inflorescence witha profusion of small, widely spread, white flowers with numerous, evenly spaced, red-purple warts, each wart bearing several, short hairs. The lateraal sepals are poblong, considerably larger than the dorsal sepals and spread in opposite direc\ctions. Each sepal is terminated by a filamentous tail, that of the dorsal sepal red brown and those of the laterals white. The convex, rugose epichile of the minute lip is smaller than the hypochile." Luer 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia VOl 13 No 2 1979 photo/drawing herbarium sheet 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; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 10 2009 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide