Masdevallia erinacea Rchb.f 1877 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION Pygmaeae Luer 1986 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

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

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Part shadeCoolTo WarmSummer

Common Name The Hedgehog Masdevallia

Flower Size 5/8" [1.5 cm]

This miniature species hails from Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador in premontane rain forests and is a warm to cool growing epiphyte found at altitudes of 700 to 1400 meters with erect stems covered with tubular bracts and a single, apical subcoriaceous, linear-lanceolate leaf that has single flowered, 1 1/2" to 2 3/4" [4 to 7 cm] long inflorescence occuring in the summer with the flowers held just above the leaves. Can be grown either mounted or in a pot, given humid conditions, good air circulation and never allow it to dry out completely.

Synonyms Diodonopsis erinacea (Rchb. f.) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001; Masdevallia echinocarpa Schltr. 1920; Masdevallia horrida Teusch. & Garay 1960; Scaphosepalum erinaceum (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as M echinocarpa; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 1 1960 photo/drawing as M horrida; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 138 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 3 1982 photo; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1548 Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 4 1994 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Diodonopsis erinacea; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 as Diodonopsis erinacea photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Diodonopsis erinacea ; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Didionopsis erinacea photo/drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as Didionopsis erinacea photo fide

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