Dracula chestertonii

Dracula chestertonii

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

Dracula chestertonii is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Dracula.


Plant blooms in the summer and fall with a single 7 cm wide flower. Flowers are fragrant with the scent of mushrooms.


Plants are found in the cool forest of Colombia at elevations of 1800 to 2200 meters


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


Entomology: The plant was named after its discoverer Henry Chesterson who died soon after its discovery.

Common Names: Chesterson's Dracula


  1. *Masdevallia chestertoni Rchb.f 1883
  2. Masdevallia macrochila Regel 1890


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

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