Dracula mopsus [F.Lehm & Kraenzel] Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Costatae

Inflorescence and Flowers

Photos by Eric Hunt

Flowers and Plant

Photo by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Pug-Like Dracula

Flower Size 1/2 [1.25 cm]

Found in El Oro, Manabi and Cotopaxi provinces of Ecuador in montane cloud forests at elevations of 400 to 1500 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a very short ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 to 3 acuminate, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter through summer in situ on a pendant, arising from the base of the ramicaul, to 6 [15 cm] long, sarsely bracteate, successively 1, 2 flowered inflorescence with a tubular, as long as to longer than teh epdicel floral bract.

"D mopsus produces from relatively short, descending peduncles, small, red-brown, spotted, cupped flowers with costate ovaries and short tails." Luer 1993

Synonyms *Masdevallia mopsus F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1921; Masdevallia triceratops Luer 1977

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg.17: 419. Lehm. & Kranzl. 1921 as Masdevallia mopsus; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 054 Dodson 1980 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 Drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #4 1997 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;