This magnificent orchid has large distinctive flowers; the sepals are rounded with the top corner pulled into a thin tail, which may extend up to 11 cm long (2). Although green in colour, the sepals are covered by numerous blackish purple veins and the tails are almost completely black (2). The large sepals dwarf the petals and lip of the flower, which are white in colour and marked with purple and pinkish veins respectively (2). Dracula vampira is a large epiphyte with many stems; the erect leaves are between 15 and 28 cm long (2). The generic name of this species seems very appropriate; 'Dracula' means 'little dragon', alluding to the exotic flower shape; the misty cloud forest where these orchids are found may also evoke images of Count Dracula (5).
- Inflorescence length: up to 20 cm (2)