Dracula vlad-tepes is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Dracula.
From the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia comes this narrow-leaved species with a medium-sized, more-or-less flat flower with a black center overlaying tan. The lip is usually white. Flowers are successive and can occur at any point in the year.
The first plants of this species was obtained by J&L Orchids from a Colombian collector.
Plants are found in the eastern cordillera of Santander province in Colombia (near Viriolin) at elevations around 2500 meters.
Keep plant in partial shade. Plant can be grown in cool to cold conditions. Pot the plant in fine bark with perlite or sphagnum moss. Water regularly and keep potting media moist.
Etymology: Named for Vlad Tepes, the original "Dracula" Vlad Tepes was a genocidal maniac of Eastern Europe during the middle ages. His father was known as "The Dragon" (Draco), and hence, the "Son of the Dragon" took the diminutive, "Dracula". While he slaughtered millions in the most diabolical of approaches, he was not a "vampire" as is sometimes incorrectly assumed. In fact, no one is sure why Bram Stoker, centuries later, would append the name "Dracula" to his vampire. Vampire legends had been common place in Transylvania for centuries, but not linked in any way to Vlad-Tepes.
Common Names: Vlad Tepes Dracula
- Hermans, Johan & Clare. Orchid Digest special publication: An Annotation Checklist on the Genus Dracula. Orchid Digest Corp., 1997.