Masdevallia cracens [Luer, Sijm & V.N. Rao] Pfahl comb novo 2014 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Deep Shade Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Graceful Masdevallia [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela without locational data as a miniature sized epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a 1 to 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obovate, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect to arching, slender, triquetrous, 9.2" [23 cm] long including the 8" [20 cm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with a bract at the base, arising from low on the ramicaul and holding the flower more or less at the height of the leaf.

Synonyms *Alaticaulia cracens Luer 2011

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Harvard Pap. Bot. 16(2): 317. Luer, Sijm & V.N. Rao 2011 as Alaticaulia cracens; *Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia 2014 drawing fide;