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Dracula chimaera

Dracula chimaera

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


Dracula chimaera is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Dracula.

DescriptionEdit

Plant blooms from fall to winter with 22.5 cm wide flowers. Flower color vary from reddish brown,to pale yellow, and dark brown.

Flowers are similar to Dracula wallisii but differ by having different shape petals and having an immobile lip

DistributionEdit

Plants are found in the cloud forest of Colombia at elevations of 1400 to 2450 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 Chimaera Dracula

SynonymsEdit

  1. Dracula senilis (Rchb.f.) Luer 1978
  2. Masdevallia backhousiana Rchb.f 1879
  3. *Masdevallia chimaera Rchb.f 1872
  4. Masdevallia chimaera var. wallisii (Rchb. f.) H.J. Veitch 1889
  5. Masdevallia senilis Rchb.f. 1885
  6. Masdevallia wallisii Rchb.f var. stupenda Rchb.f 1875

ReferencesEdit

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

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