Masdevallia scobina Luer & R. Escobar 1982 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUNSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986 Photo by The Orchidee du Nord Website

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Scaly Masdevallia [refers to the scaly dorsal sepal]

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found only in Colombia's western cordillera in cloud forests as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte at elevations of 2000 to 2200 meters with stout erect ramicauls that are enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular, sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse leaf that blooms in the spring on a congested, 6" to 12" [15 to 30 cm] long, successively many [12] flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a basal sheaths and thin, papery, imbricating, white floral bracts that holds the single successive flower well above the leaves.

Synonyms Alaticaulia scobina (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 288 Bennett & Christenson 1995; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XIX Systematics of Masdevallia Part 1 Luer 2000 drawing fide to the first photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia scobina; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007