Dracula roezlii (Rchb.f.) C.A.Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Dracula

Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website


Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Roezl's Dracula [Bohemian Orchid Collector in South America 1800's]

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 2350 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, elliptical, subplicate, acute, cuneate below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a stout, horizontal to descending, arising from low on the ramicaul, to 22" [to 55 cm] long, loose, successively single, several flowered, racemose inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Similar to !Dracula chimaera , Dracula severa and Dracula wallisii in the large habit with plicate leaves. The sepals can be black to deep red to chocolate and the pubescence is very short and fine instead of long and coarse as in D wallisii. The lip is freely mobile and the suborbicular epipchile is shallowly concave, filled with multiple, branching, radiating veins ad it is lightly verrucose externally." Luer 1993

Synonyms Dracula roezlii f. rubra (B.S.Williams) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007; Masdevallia chimaera subvar. rubra (Rchb. f.) Warner & Williams 1887; Masdevallia chimaera var. roezlii A H Kent 1889; Masdevallia chimaera var. winniana (Rchb. f.) H.J. Veitch 1889; *Masdevallia roezlii Rchb.f. 1874; Masdevallia roezlii var. rubra hort. ex Williams 1885; Masdevallia winniana Rchb. f. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1874 as Masdevallia roezlii drawing fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Masdevallia roezlii drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 5 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1992 watercolor/drawing fide Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #10 2011 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;