Dracula minax Luer & R.Escobar 1981 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Photo by Eric Hunt

Another Flower

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower

Photo by Gary Meyer

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Threatening Dracula [refers to the face in the flower]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphtye with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly obovate, subacute , gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a stout, horizontal to descending, arising from low on the ramicaul, sparsely bracted, 6.4 to 10" [16 to 25 cm] long, lax, several to many flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the pedicel florral bract .

" The small widely spread flower is characterized by the diffuse, purple-brown markings and a shallowly concave, round epichile of the lip. The non-involute margins are denticulate with the terminations of the radsinting veins within." Luer 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 15 #1 Luer & Escobar 1981 drawing/photo fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 2 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1989 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia COS 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;