Masdevallia setacea Luer & Malo 1978 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Masdevallia SUBSECTION Caudatae Veitch 1889 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Another color form Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Bristly Masdevallia

Flower Size 3/4" wide by 4.6" [2 x 12 cm]

A mini-miniature sized, caespitose, cool to cold growing, epiphytic species that is found in Peru, Ecuador and Colombia from the cloud forests and wet montane forests of the Andes and is found at 1400 to 2400 meters with short, inconspicuous, channeled, black ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 loose tubular sheaths with a single, apical, elliptic, erect, coriaceous, attenuate to the channeled black petiole, mid-vein carinate, coriaceous leaf with a slightly tridenticulate apex that blooms with a large solitary flower on a, slender, 4" [10cm] long, erect inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract near the base and a tubular floral bract holding the single flower way above the leaves, occuring in the summer and early fall.

The very long, subparellel tails on the sepals, a long antrose lobe on the inferior margins of the bidentate petals and the oblong-elliptic labellum separate this species from others. It is a very color variable plant and can range from pale yellow to lilac.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 302 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #3 1996 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIII Systematics of Masdevallia Part 4 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchidaceae Masdevallia and Affiliates Dodson & Luer 2009 drawing fide