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

Photo by Lisa Thoerle

Flower Closeup

Photo by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Janet's Dracula [refers to Mrs Kuhn, Discoverer of species]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador? and Huanuco Peru at elevations around 1700 meters as a miniature to just small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, carinate, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a purple, horizontal to descending, arising from low on the ramicaul successively single, few flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Similar to both Dracula nycterina and Dracula vespertilio but readily distinguished by the flat, round, minutely verrucose epipchile of the lip. D nycterina is lamellate and D vespertillio is completely smooth." Luer 1993

Synonyms *Masdevallia janetiae Luer 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 2: 198 Luer 1978; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo hmm but as d aff janetiae; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;