Monographs Details: Neoregelia melandonta L.B.Sm.
Authority: Smith, Lyman B. & Downs, Robert J. 1979. Bromelioideae (Bromeliaceae). Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 14 (3): 1493-2142. (Published by NYBG Press)
Description:Description - Caudex 35 mm in diameter. Leaves many, 15-20 cm long, pale-lepidote on both sides; sheaths broadly elliptic, about as long as the blades and slightly darker; blades broadly ligulate, rounded and apiculate becoming retuse by the recession of the apex, 5 cm wide, sparingly dark-spotted, laxly serrate with black teeth 1.5 mm long, very regularly and finely marked beneath with white cross-lines. Scape very short. Inflorescence few-flowered, fusiform, 1 cm in diameter; outer bracts ovate, cuspidate-acute, serrulate, densely lepidote. Floral bracts like the outer bracts but narrower, nearly equaling the sepals; pedicels slender, 20 mm long. Sepals definitely asymmetric, elliptic with an involute-subulate apex, 23 mm long, connate for 2 mm; petals light blue; ovary ellipsoid, 14 mm long.

Distribution:Brazil South America| Espirito Santo Brazil South America|