Dracula wallisii (Rchb. f.) Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate Luer 1993

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Flower Closeup

Lip Detail

Side View of Flower

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Drawing by © Carl Luer


Common Name Wallis' Dracula [German Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 2 x 10 [5 x 25 cm]

Found in Antioquia, Cauca and Choco departments of Colombia on the central cordillera at elevations of 1600 to 2800 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, subplicate, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on a stout, horizontal to descending, arising from low on the ramicaul, 8.8" to 14" [22 to 35 cm] long, loose, successively single, several flowered inflorescence and carrying a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract and has a hinged movable lip otherwise very similar to D chimaera which srtands immobile and erect from the center of the flower.

SynonymsMasdevallia chimaera var. wallisii (Rchb.f.) A.H.Kent 1889; Masdevallia chinmera var. wollisii (Rchb.f.) Veitch 1889 spelling error; *Masdevallia wallisii Rchb.f 1875

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 6 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1993 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 12 1996 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 drawing/photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;