Masdevallia obscurans (Luer) Luer 1998 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules {Krzl.] Luer 1986

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Common Name or Meaning The Dark Madevallia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in northeastern Brazil in the state of Bahia as a miniature sized, 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 into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, erect, sharply triquetrous, congested, successively single, many flowered, racemose inflorescence that expands with each flower from 1.4" [3 cm] to 5" [12.5 cm] and arisies from low on the ramicaul and carries imbricating, fugacious, thin floral bracts .

Synonyms Alaticaulia obscurans (Luer) Luer 2006; *Masdevallia infracta subsp. obscurans Luer 1988

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Luer 1998; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia aenigma;