Dracula gigas

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

Dracula gigas is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Dracula.

Description[edit | edit source]

Plant blooms from spring to fall with a single 10 cm wide flower.

It is similar to Dracula hawleyi but is usually darker in color and has a pink lip.

Distribution[edit | edit source]

Plants are found growing in the cloud forest of Ecuador at elevations of 1700 to 2600 meters

Culture[edit | edit source]

Keep plant in partial shade. Plant can be grown in cold to cool 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 Gigantic Dracula

Synonyms[edit | edit source]

  • Masdevallia gigas Luer 1978

References[edit | edit source]

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