5 responses to “Dracula chestertonii”

  1. Juanita

    The name of this orchid beginning with Dracula seems quite apparent to me with it’s floral tip.It appears to me as if it resembles blood vessels.I might be in error,but the botanist who named this orchid might have a penchant towards the infamous character of horror films.Which I find quite amusing in naming this orchid.

  2. Daniel Mosquin

    The genus name for Dracula was coined in 1978 by Luer. The literal Latin translation is “little dragon”, but there is likely someone who knows if the author did have the character in mind; it certainly helps to grab attention (more on the genus Dracula).

  3. Brent

    One day I hope to see the plant named as
    Dracula vampira (no kidding).

  4. Ken Girard

    A google search on the web for Dracula vampira will give you plenty of pictures to choose from.
    The genus Dracula was separated out from the genus Masdevallia by Luer, but most of the species have been known to science and orchid hobbyists for a long time. These plants used to belong to the section Chimaera of the genus Masdevallia, majority have inflated or saccate lips that are hinged and the flowers (many times the inflorescences) are pendulous, thus making it a little more difficult to tell which way is up, as in the case of the flower presented here.

  5. Ron B

    Vampires are sometimes seen hanging upside down as well.

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