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Dracula hirtzii

Dracula hirtzii

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Dracula
Species: Drac. hirtzii
Alliance:
Binomial name
Dracula hirtzii
Luer 1979


Dracula hirtzii is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Dracula.

DescriptionEdit

Plant blooms from winter to spring with 6 cm wide flowers. This species is distinguished by its flexible hinged lip and intense red sepals.

DistributionEdit

Plants are found in the cloud forest of Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1300 to 2100 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

Entomology: The species was discovered and named after Alex Hirtz.

Common Names: Hirtz's Dracula

VarietiesEdit

ImageNameDescription
Dracula hirtzii xanthina New Zealand Dracula hirtzii var xanthina "New Zealand" Sepals are yellow . Lip is yellow.


ReferencesEdit

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

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