Dracula deltoidea (Luer) Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Costatae

Side View

Photos by Lourens Grobler .

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Triangular Dracula

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Azuay and Zamora-Chinchipe departments of Ecuador in cloud forests on both sides of the Andes at elevations of 2600 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ranicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, horizontal to descending, arising from low on the ramicaul, sparsely bracted, single flowered inflorescence and with thin, tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

" Easily recognized by the small, pale, fleshy, pubescent, triangular flowers with short tails. The color of the petals varies from ivory to greenish white. The shallow epiphile of the small lip is scarcely larger that hte hypochile. The ovary is crested.

Synonyms *Masdevallia deltoidea Luer 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 2: 198 Luer 1978; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchids: Masdevallia and its Segregates Zelenko 2014 photo fide