Dracula andreettae (Luer) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Andreettaea

Another Angle

Lip and petal detail

Another Angle

Photos By Jay Pfahl.

Yellow Color Form

Photo by Andreas Philipp.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Andreetta's Dracula [Ecuadorian Orchid Collecttor 20th cen.]

Flower Size 8" long x 2" wide [20 x 5 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte found low down on tree trunks with erect, stout rramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and winter on a descending, arising from low on the ramicaul, stout, few bracted, green with white flecked, successively few flowered, racemose, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long inflorescecne with tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying the large bizarre flowers below the leaves.

"Although not vegetatively distinct, the unique flowers are distinguished by the gaping, verrucose, purple blotched sepals, A pair of protruding, elongate, clavate petals anda large, convex, deeply rigose, mushroom-like lip." Luer 1993

Synonyms *Masdevallia andreettae Luer 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Phytologia 39: 186. Luer 1978 as Masdevallia andreettaea; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 9 1978 as Masdevallia andreettae photo fide; * Selbyana 2: 198 Luer 1978; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 drawing/photo fide; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 2 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1989 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 76 #2 2012 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; Orchid Digest Vol 79 #1 2015 photo fide;