Masdevallia lamia Luer & Hirtz 1988 SUBGENUS Nidificia Luer 2000

Photo by Luis Perez and The Wikimedia Commons Website

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Warm Cold Summer

Common Name The Bugbear Masdevallia [refers to the goblin-like appearance of the flower]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas and Carchi provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 750 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicuals enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, erect, .75 to .8" [1.7 to 2 cm] long, single flowered inflorecence with a bract at the base and arising from low on the ramicaul.

Synonyms Buccella lamia (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXV Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Buccella lamia;