365 days of orchids – day 13 – Dracula bella

dracula-bella-1Our names are Eleanor and Tabby (heads of cool america), and we are telling you about Dracula bella. In latin Dracula Bella means the beautiful Dracula. This amazing plant is a bright reddish pink colour with a bright white lip. This deceiving orchid tricks fungus gnats into laying its eggs on it by creating a fake fungi thus the gnats unknowingly pollinate Dracula! We have to grow it in a basket as the flower grows downwards this is a good tip if you are growing them at home. This orchid is one of the most interesting of all the orchids in the green houses.

This second photo shows the same flower side on.


Oh, don’t forget that tomorrow will be your chance to vote for orchid of the week.


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