Dracula chiroptera

Dracula chiroptera

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Dracula
Species: Drac. chiroptera
Binomial name
Dracula chiroptera
Luer & Malo 1978

Dracula chiroptera is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Dracula.


Plant blooms in the summer with several 15 cm wide flowers. This plant is similar to Dracula wallisii and Dracula hirtzii but differs by having fairly short and a coarse crop of hairs, clearly marked spotting and a mobile lip.


Plants are found in cloud forest of Ecuador at elevations of 1600 to 2000 meters


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


Common Names: The Bat Dracula


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

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