Dracula vlad-tepes Luer & R. Escobar 1981 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Grandiflorae-Parvilabiate Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Full Flower Photo courtesy of Marius Wasbauer.

Part Shade Cold Winter SpringFall

Common Name Vlad Tepes Dracula [The Real Romanian Dracula]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in the eastern cordillera of Santander Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped baslly by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, indistinct, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and fall on a stout, sparsely bracted, horizontal to descending, 3.6" to 4.8" [9 to 12 cm] long, loose, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and carrying a tubular floral bract .

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 10 1987 photo; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 3 Luer, Ecobar and Dalstroem 1990 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007;

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