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

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flower

Photo by Milan Vagner

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Posada's Dracula [Colombian Orchid Nurseryman current]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubualar sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly obovate to linear, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, petiolate base leaf that can bloom at any time of the year on a slender, more or less horizontal, arising from low on the ramicaul, multibracted, 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, successively single to two flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Characerized by the densely clustered masses of long, narrow leaves. Among the numerous, short peduncles some are always flowering. The single flower is usually followed by a second, but no more. The small flowers are pinkish and densely pubescent within annd suffused with brown centrally. The concave epichile of the lip contains only three lamellae." Luer 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 15 #1 Luer & Escobar 1981 drawing/photo fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 3 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1990 watercolor/drawing 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 Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;