Dracula vespertilio (Rchb. f.) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Costatae

Another Angle

Plant and Flowers

PhotoS by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower

Lip Detail

Photo by Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden


Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Bat-Shaped Dracula

Flower Size 4 2/5" [to 12 cm] long

Found from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia and Ecuador on mossy trees in montane cloud forests at elevations of 1400 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a short ramicaul enveloped basally by scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptical, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into a conduplicate, channeled base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a descending, 4" [10 cm] long, single [rarely 2] flowered inflorescence with a tubular, just shorter to longer that the pedicel floral bract holding the giant flower below the leaf.

Synonyms *Masdevallia vespertilio Rchb. f. 1873

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 Drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #10 2019 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;