Dracula mantissa

Dracula mantissa

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Dracula
Species: Drac. mantissa
Binomial name
Dracula mantissa
Luer & R. Escobar 1979

Dracula mantissa is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Dracula.


Plants tend to bloom in a flush with two successive 2 cm wide flowers per spike. Superficially this species resembles an even smaller felix. It's ability to produce a second bloom per spike is a distinguishing feature. Often the spike extends 2 to 4 cm beyond the site of the first bloom. Mantissa does not produce the abundance of seed pods that felix does, and tends not to bloom as robustly.


Plants are found in the cloud forest of southwestern Colombia and northwestern Ecuador at elevations of 1800 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 Little Addition Dracula

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