Masdevallia hydrae Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Amanda SECTION Amandae Rchb.f 1874 Photo courtesy of Orchid Species Preservation Foundation

Common Name or Meaning The Hydra Masdevallia [Refers to the flowers resembling a polyp]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptc-obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the slender, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a slender, erect, [12 to 18 cm] long, loose, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with 2 distant bracts.

Synonyms Spilotantha hydrae (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 294 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXV Systematics of Masdevallia Part 5 Luer 2003 dawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Spilotantha hydrae; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as Spilotantha hydrae drawing fide;