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Orchid, Illustration

Orchid, Illustration

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Caption

Entitled: Masdevallia chimaera taken from Les orchidees by Paul Emile de Puydt, published 1880. Paul Emile de Puydt (March 6, 1810 - May 20, 1891) was a Belgian writer whose contributions included work in botany and economics. As a botanist, he notably wrote on orchids. The standard botanical author abbreviation De Puydt is applied to species he described. Dracula chimaera is a species of orchid. The orchid genus Dracula, abbreviated as Drac in horticultural trade, consists of 118 species native to Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The name Dracula literally means little dragon , an allusion to the mythical Count Dracula. The name was applied to the orchid because of the blood-red Colour of several of the species, and because of the strange aspect of the long spurs of the sepals. The plants were once included in the genus Masdevallia, but became a separate genus in 1978. Orchidaceae is a diverse and widespread family of.

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