Brooklyn Park, MN
36.000 x 24.000 x 1.000 inches
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Dracula Vampira Orchid
Lisa Piper Menkin Stegeman
Painting - Mixed Media
Dracula Vampira Orchid
When I first saw this flower I
Could not believe my eyes!!!
Based on the name I expected
Something much more sinister !!
One day I felt like painting my own
Interpretation of what I in visioned
Any flower with the name
Dracula Vampira to look like
People grow orchids for many
reasons, perhaps for the
challenge, the mystique or the
infinite variety which comprises the
orchid family. There are orchids
that are aesthetically pleasing to
nearly everyone's distinctive tastes.
Some are appealing for their
striking beauty, elegant form, or
brilliant color. Others appeal for
reasons less tangible such as their
bizarre shape, fanciful nature or an
almost ethereal allure. The species in
the genus Dracula fall into this latter group.
Their grotesque beauty has
fascinated orchidists for over a
If you are looking for a fascinating orchid
then the Dracula Orchid is the one.
These are a mostly a cool climate Orchid
and are closely related to Masdevallia
and were called 'little dragons'
by early botanists.
They came from the Mountainous regions
of Columbia and Ecuador and this
gives us a clue to the growing conditions,
humidity and cool temperatures.
The Dracula name is apt
because with the darker flowering
species such as Dracula vampire,
the petals are almost a purple black
striped with white, one forms the
lip above which are the plants
reproductive organs and in the black
species they these appear as two little red eyes
Varieties Look for the following species,
Dracula chimaera with its
mottled purple petals and white lip ,
Dracula vampira with distinct deep purple
to balk and white striped petals
and those little red eyes ,
Dracula bella seems to have a larger lip
and a core to purple and
yellow mottled foliage and
Dracula Mopsus has a more closed
flower a little more like a dogs mouth.
May 31st, 2010
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