Dracula amaliae

Dracula amaliae

Dracula amaliae or Monkey Orchid has a flower that looks somewhat like the face of a monkey.

It is a small to medium sized orchid that has to be kept cool or cold.

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

Description:

Dracula amaliae is an epiphytic orchid without pseudobulbs.

The inflorescence is a bunch on a flower stem of 8-10 cm, with few flowers that bloom in succession. The flower is flat and white. The rounded sepals have a light brown haze and very hairy on the inside. The tails are 4-10 cm long. The petals are cream colored with brown markings. The flower stalk is relatively short. The front part of the white-pink lip is rounded and wart-like. The relatively large central keel has radial fins. These end at the lip edge in small protrusions.

Flowering takes place from late summer to autumn.

Etymology:

Dracula: from the Latin dracon (dragon)
Amaliae: in honor of Amalia Lehmann de Sarria, Colombian granddaughter of Friedrich Carl Lehmann (1850-1903), a famous orchid collector

Origin:

Southwest Colombia

Habitat:

Cloud forest, at 1.800-1.900 m altitude



Care:

Temperature:

Cold to moderate: 13-20 °C during the day, at night 4-12 °C

Light:

Partial shadow

Hygrometry:

70-90%

Ventilation:

Provide good air circulation, which reduces the risk of rot.

Water:

Keep the substrate constantly moist. In warm weather, the plant can die after only a few hours of drought.

Substrate:

Use peat moss mixed with bark to keep as much moisture as possible

Repotting:

Every two years, in the fall. Do not let the substrate rot completely otherwise the roots will rot and the plant dies.

Fertilizer:

Specialized fertilizer for orchids, once a week

Propagation:

By division of the rhizome

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