Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Buccella molossoides 'Owen' CHM/AOS

Buccella molossoides, or Masdevallia molossoides is a tiny plant with 3 cm leaves and flowers that are a little over 1 cm long.  It must be reasonably attractive, however, since my plant was awarded a Certificate of Horticultural Merit of 83 points by the American Orchid Society at the recent Northwest OS Show in Shoreline, Washington.  The species is from Costa Rica and Panama and is considered to be one of the more temperature-tolerant Masdevallias.  As can be seen from the pictures, the flowers' color and shape are rather hard to describe.  The plant blooms profusely for me, but was rather difficult to establish.  I grow it in live sphagnum in a small net pot, but perhaps it would do better mounted.

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