Dracula leonum Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Parviflorae Photo by Alphono Doucette and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full Shade LATESpring

Common Name The Lyon's Dracula [American Orchid Enthusiasts current]

Flower Size

Found in Peru and flowers in the late spring

Often cited as a synonym of D erythrochaete but that species has been misidentified for at least 100 years. Here is the original description of Masdevallia erythrochaete the basionym of Dracula erythrochaete which states that it has an erect inflorescence with pure white and light yellow sepals with reddish purple tails. D leonum has a horizontal inflorescence and has flowers that are white with purple spots so this is a distinct species with no affinities to D erythrochaete.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;