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Dracula barrowii

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by Marni, Jun 5, 2014.

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  1. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    A Peruvian species that I find a bit shy on blooming. The body of the flower is about 3/4" wide and the tails are 5" from tip to tip.

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    Hairy!!! but, pretty like a frost covered flower. Super shot Marni. Particularly the close up photo is gorgeous.
     
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    I'm finding that all Draculas are shy bloomers for me. Is the genus particularly picky about water quality? Nice bloom BTW.
     
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    Kelly, they are very sensitive to water quality. Most all cloud forest plants are. Some Dracula species put out mass bloomings, some bloom much of the year and others under the same conditions just don't often bloom for me.
     
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    Marni, how big is the plant? I've got four Dracula species, but I'm confined to smaller ones and minis due to space. Thanks! -Stephen
     
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    Stephen, it is not a big plant. Here is an image with a ruler. I would guess the leaves are 7 or 8" tall, but it isn't a space hog. Some other compact, cool growing draculas are D cutis-bufonis, D cochliops (true miniature), D exasperata (likes to dry a bit between waterings), D bella, D deltoidia, D amaliae among others. Not sure all of these would suit your size requirement, but my overall memory of these is more compact.

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    Thank you for the info. I've got D berthae, which is also a mini, and of course lotax. D roezlii stays surprisingly compact, as does D diana. I've managed to bloom both in my cool tank. But D cochliops looks amazing, a new one to me, and is definitely going on the list. -Stephen
     
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    Do you grow the lotax warmer? I had mine with bottom heat for a long time and is now in the warm house doing very well. I just remembered gorgonella and velutina xanthina. If there is a colored form of velutina it is probably small too.
     
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    I do grow lotax a bit warmer. We'll see how it does in the winter, though, when it's lumped in with all the cool/cold growers.
     
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    Question are these called monkey flowers?
     
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    Recently I have seen some people on the internet using that term for draculas, but I have been used to that term for non-orchids. Dracula simia has been called the monkey faced flower since simia was a section of primates.