Masdevallia draconis Luer & Andreetta 1988 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Photo by Roellke Orchideen GBR Website

Another Flower

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep Shade Cool Winter Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Dragon-Like Masdevallia [refers to the lip shape]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of southern Ecuador at elevations around 1100 to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and summer on a suberect to erect, arising from low on the ramicaul, with a bract at the base, stout, triquetrous, 10.4" [26 cm] long, congested, successively single flowered inflorescence with imbricating, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Similar to M melanoxantha and M scobina but distinguished by a stout peduncle that far exceeds the leaf in length and bears the flower successively. The sepals are connate into a short cup. The thickened, narrowed apex of the dorsal sepal is lighty verrucose. The lateral sepals are connate and tailess forming a lightly verrucose synsepal with revolute sides. The dark purple lip is divided near the middle be verrucose folds into a markedly verrucose epichile a witjh a verrucose callus beneath and a rounded hypochile.

Synonyms Alaticaulia draconis (Luer & Andreetta) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIX Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia draconis ; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Alaticaulia draconis drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;