Dracula tsubotae Luer 2002 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Dracula

Photo by Andrea "Drosera" and RVO Orchidworks Forum

Flower and Plant

Photo by Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cool Spring

Common Name Mrs. Tsubota's Dracula [Colombian Orchid Dealer, Eva's Orchids - Pereira current]

Flower Size 1.5" [3.75 cm]

Found in Narino department of Colombia as a small to medium sized, cool growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 , loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly obovate, acute, indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an ascending to horizontal, arising from low on the ramicaul lax, successively single, few flowered, 6.4" [17 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with oblique, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Although vegetatively rather large the widely spread flowers are medium in size. The sepals are broadly ovate, obtuse, densely pubescent and long-tailed. With the basic whitish to greenish color densely spotted in dark purple-brown below the middle the flower is reminiscent of Dracula vlad-tepes . The subspherical, deeply concave epichile of the lip with multiple radiating veins is similar to Dracula lafleurii and also Dracula christineana ." Luer 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV A First Century Of New Species of Stelis of Ecuador Part One Luer 2002 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #9 2019 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;

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