Dracula robledorum [P.Ortiz]Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Dracula

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Common Name Robledo's Dracula [Dr & Sra Oscar Robledo Colombian Orchid Enthusiasts Current]

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2200 meters as a large sized, cold growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome with clustered, erect stems carrying a single, apical, erect, oblanceolate, obtuse leaf with a distinct conduplicate petiole that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, successsively single , few flowered, slender, sparsely bracted, 6 to 7" [15 to 18 cm] long, dull purple inflorescence with tubular-obconical, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the usually erect, stout peduncle and large flowers witha distinctive color-pattern of large, purple, coalescing blotches of orange, a deep mentum and comparitively short sepaline tails. The hinged lip is large with the suborbicular, concave, peach colored epichile filled with radiating veins." Luer 1993

Synonyms *Masdevallia chimaera var. robledorum P. Ortíz 1975

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 photo/drawing/herbarium sheet fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992 photo fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 5 2004 photo; 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; Orchid Digest Vol 81 #2 2017 photo fide;