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Discussion in 'Orchid Identification Section' started by Gerrit, Apr 29, 2019.
Got this one as D. brangeri, but I think this is not correct.
Hi Gerrit, this is very nice! Why do you think not correct?
Gerrit, I flipped through IOSPE, and yours seems to be similar to Dracula leonum:
This is a photo by Alfonso Doucette. The shapes of the sepals are a bit different (if you look at the area where sepals fuse), but I wonder if yours is not fully open. The central part (petals, lip) look very close to Alfonso's photo.
Pinched like brangeri...I have seen other photos attributed to brangeri that look like this. But, I would agree with Naoki as the lip looks very much like leonum.
Thank you Chuck and Naoki.
Yes, I've also seen photos labeled brangeri who look like my plant, but I don't think this is correct. Dracula brangeri looks different. D. leonum could be a possibility. Herman Terborgh wrote the following about this species: "This species is suspected to be a synonym of Dracula erythrochaete but is recognized as a legitimate species by the RBG at Kew"
I saw that what is considered as D. erythrochaete now may not be the correct species in this page of IOSPE. There is a link to original description by Reichenbach. The description isn't detailed as usual, but the sepals are white and yellow with no purple dots. I'm curious what happened there.