Masdevallia hystrix Luer & Hirtz 1986 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSETION Coriaceae [Rchb.f]Veitch 1889 Photo by Tom Ballinger and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Deep shadeColdSpring

Common Name The Porcupine Masdevallia [refers to the prickly lip]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Loja Ecuador in tall forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, subconduplicate, narrowly oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the indistinct, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a suberect, stout, 1.6 to 3.2" [4 to 8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a basal bract and a tubular floral bract.

CAUTION The first photo is very good to Luer's drawing but there are no lip and petal details, so please use with caution

Synonyms Byrsella hystrix (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Byrsella hystrix; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 as byrsella hystrix drawing ok