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Dracula bella

Dracula bella

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Dracula
Species: Drac. bella
Alliance:
Binomial name
Dracula bella
[Rchb.f.]Luer 1978


Dracula bella is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Dracula.

DescriptionEdit

Plant blooms from winter to spring with a single 22.5 cm wide flower.

The plant was first discovered by Gustav Wallis in 1878. The plant is slightly similar to Dracula nycterina but differs by having larger reflexed sepals and a distinctive round shaped lip.

DistributionEdit

Plants are found in Colombia at elevations of 1800 to 2000 meters

CultureEdit

Keep plant in partial shade. Plant can be grown in cool to intermediate conditions. Pot the plant in fine bark with perlite or sphagnum moss. Water regularly and keep potting media moist.

NamingEdit

Common Names: The Beautiful Dracula

SynonymsEdit

  1. *Masdevallia bella Rchb.f. 1878

ReferencesEdit

  • Hermans, Johan & Clare. Orchid Digest special publication: An Annotation Checklist on the Genus Dracula. Orchid Digest Corp., 1997.

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