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.
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.
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
Cloud forest, at 1.800-1.900 m altitude
Cold to moderate: 13-20 °C during the day, at night 4-12 °C
Provide good air circulation, which reduces the risk of rot.
Keep the substrate constantly moist. In warm weather, the plant can die after only a few hours of drought.
Use peat moss mixed with bark to keep as much moisture as possible
Every two years, in the fall. Do not let the substrate rot completely otherwise the roots will rot and the plant dies.
Specialized fertilizer for orchids, once a week
By division of the rhizome
- Dracula amaliae: Luis Baquero