Masdevallia bucculenta Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Nidificia Luer 2000 Photo by Ron Parsons

Side View of Flowers Photos by Eric Hunt and Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Cheeky Masdevallia [refers to the inflated sepaline tube]

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

This Ecuadorian species is a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte, found at elevations of 1400 to 1500 meters with an erect, slender, ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths, carrying an erect, single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical-ovoid, narrowing to a channeled petiole at the base of the leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, filiform, single flowered, 1" [2.5 cm] long inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract above the base and a floral bract that has the flower held amid the leaves.

Similar to M nidifica yet differs in the more constricted orifice of the sepaline tube, smaller florwes and the transversely triangular, acutely deflexed, apical segment of the lip with acute lateral angles and an acute apex.

Synonyms Buccella bucculenta (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Treasure of Masdevallia Vol 22 Luer & Dalstroem 1997 watercolor/drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five 2005; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Buccella bucculenta; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Buccella buccellenta drawing fide;