Dracula anthracina

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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Dracula
Species: Drac. anthracina
Binomial name
Dracula anthracina
Luer 1998

Dracula anthracina is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Dracula.

Description[edit | edit source]

Plant blooms in spring and fall with a single 2.5 wide flower. The flowers are similar to those of Dracula benedictii, Dracula pholeodytes, Dracula diabola, and Dracula vinacea but differs by having a small triangular shape flower with a spread lip.[1] The plant was first flowered in the gardens of Sra. Amalia Lehmann de Sarria in Popayán.[1]

The plant was first flowered by J & L Orchids in Connecticut who obtained the plant from H. SchmidtMumm of Bogota in the late 1970s.[1]

Distribution[edit | edit source]

Plants are found in Colombia at elevations of 1800 to 2500 meters

Culture[edit | edit source]

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.

Naming[edit | edit source]

Common Names: The Coal-Black Dracula

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hermans, Johan & Clare (1997). "Orchid Digest special publication: An Annotation Checklist on the Genus Dracula ". Orchid Digest (Orchid Digest Corp.). 
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