Dracula houtteana (Rchb. f.) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

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Full Flower

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Common Name Houtte's Dracula [Belgian Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 3/4"

Found in Antioquia, Choco', Risaralda, Tolima and Cundinamarca departments of Colombia at elevations of 1320 to 2400 meters as a small to just medium sized, cold to cool growing epiphyte on thin trunked trees a foot and a half above the ground with stout erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptic-obovate, acute, narrowly cuneate into the conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a 4" [10 cm] long, slender, purple, prostrate, loose, successively 1 to 6 flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.

Synonyms Dracula callifera (Schltr.) Luer 1978; Dracula carderiopsis (F. Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Luer 1978; Dracula mosquerae (F. Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Luer 1978; Masdevallia callifera Schltr. 1920; Masdevallia carderi var. mosquerae Lehm. & Kränzl. 1925; Masdevallia carderiopsis F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1921; *Masdevallia houtteana Rchb.f. 1874; Masdevallia mosquerae F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1925

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as Masdevallia callifera; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Masdevallia houtteana drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Masdevallia houtteana; Orquideologia Vol 13 No 1 1978 as D callifera; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 6 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1993 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1994 photo close; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia COS 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;