365 days of orchids – day 36 – Dracula deltoidea

Hi Tallis here. Dracula deltoidea is an iconic orchid from Equador. It is generally found at elevations of 2600-3000metres so we keep it in Cool America. Most of the orchids from this genus very clearly look like fungi however this ones resemblance is harder to trace. The leaves get damaged if it gets hot so we try to grow it very cool and shady.

This photograph shows one of our plants from below (the flowers grow downwards) and you can see the triangular shape that gives the species its name (delta meaning traingle). The flowers each last a few weeks and they are produced successively over the winter months. We will be splitting one of our plants this spring and so there should be plants available from this summer.


Join the Discussion


There aren't any comments yet, why not be the first?