Masdevallia nidifica Rchb.f 1878 SUBGENUS Nidificia Luer 2000 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

Another Color Form Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Plant ensitu- Ecuador Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

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Common Name The Nesting Masdevallia

Flower Size 1 1/2" [4 cm]

Found from Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphytic species that is from windy lower montane cloud forests on slender branches at elevations of 450 to 2500 meters with short ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular bracts and carrying a single, apical, elliptic-lanceolate leaf and has a solitary flowered, arcuate, 5/8" to 2" [1.5 to 5 cm] long, inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul occuring in the winter and summer with the flower held at or above leaf level.

See also M ventricosa which is often given as a synonym of M nidifica, occuring only in Ecuador with yellow flowers with much shorter, slightly thicker sepaline tails and the epichile is narrowly triangular and not ovate or flabellate.

Synonyms Buccella nidifica (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006 Masdevallia cyathogastra Schltr. 1918; Masdevallia tenuicauda Schltr. 1923;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Otia Bot. Hamburg. 1: 18. Rchb.f 1878; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 13. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as M cyathogastra; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 15. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as M tenuicauda; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 170. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as M tenuicauda; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 277. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as M tenuicauda; orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 140 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1040 Dodson 1984 drawing ok; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1453 Atwood 1992 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Buccella nidifica; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Buccella nidifica drawing ok; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

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