Dracula roezlii

Dracula roezlii

Dracula roezlii is a black orchid. Black orchids are not actually black but a very dark purple.

It is an easy to grow orchid for cool to mediate temperatures.

It belongs to the family of Orchidaceae, sub-family Epidendroideae, tribe Epidendreae, sub-tribe Pleurothallidinae, genus Dracula.

Description:

Dracula roezlii is an epiphyte. Coriaceous leaves appear on a sturdy petiole.

Flowers appear on a horizontal or pending racemose stalk of  up to 55 cm long, flowering successively. Flowers are about 10 cm large and very dark purple. Flowering occurs in spring and fall.

Synonyms:

Masdevallia chimaera subvar. rubra, Masdevallia chimaera var. roezlii, Masdevallia chimaera var. winniana, Masdevallia roezlii, Masdevallia roezlii var. rubra, Masdevallia winniana

Origin:

Colombia

Habitat:

Cloud forests, between 1,800 and 2,350 m.



Etymology:

Dracula: from the Latin dracon (dragon)
Roezlii: in honor of Benedict Roezl, an Austrian orchid collector

Care:

Temperature:

Cool to intermediate

Light:

Partial shade

Water:

Keep the substrate moist

Substrate:

Special orchids substrate

Fertilizer:

Provide specialized orchid fertilizer once a month.

Repot:

Every 2-3 years, in the spring, when the plant becomes too large for the pot.

Propagation:

By division of the rhizome

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