Masdevallia bucculenta Luer 1995 SUBGENUS Nidificia Luer 2000

Photo by Ron Parsons

Side View of Flowers

Photos by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

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

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 1400 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte 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; Madevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part Five 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2006 as Buccella bucculenta; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Buccella buccellenta drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide