Dracula lotax [Luer]Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower

Photo by Dale and Deni Borders

Common Name The Clown Dracula

Flower Size .8" x 3.2" [2 x 8 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in tall wet forests from elevations of 800 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, 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 conduplicate, indistinct, channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an slender, purple, suberect, horizontal to descending, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul that is sparsely bracted and with tubular floral bracts.

Very similar to and possibly synonomous with D adrianae and if so D lotax takes priority

Synonyms Masdevallia bomboiza M. Fiske 1974; *Masdevallia lotax Luer 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 photo fide; 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 11 2003 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 10 2009 photo fide; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014; Orchids: Masdevallia and its Segregates Zelenko 2014 photo fide AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #8 2016 photo fide;