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Dracula chestertonii

Dracula chestertonii


Dracula chestertonii

Common Name Chesterson's Dracula [English Orchid Collector in Colombia 1800's]

Flower Size to about 3" [7 cm]

Found in Antioquia, Choco' and Valle de Cauca departments of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2200 meters as a cool to cold growing, small sized orchid from with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, lanceolate, dark green, lightly plicate, thinly coriaceous, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and autumn on a slender, horizontal to descending, arising from low on the ramicaul, multi-bracted, purple, 8" [20 cm] longl, successively single flowered inflorescence with tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts carrying a fragrant [mushrooms] flower held below the leaves.

"The green sepals with reflexed sides are covered with small, black warts. The apices of the petals are smooth and cucullate. The huge lip looks like a muchroom with red gills. The scent produced by the lip is also that of a mushroom. Related to Dracula cutis-bufonis but D chestertonii has a much larger epichile of a lip that is inflexibly fixed to the column foot." Luer 1993

Synonyms *Masdevallia chestertoni Rchb.f 1883; Masdevallia macrochila Regel 1890

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