Masdevallia erinacea Rchb.f 1877 SUBGENUS Pygmaeia SECTION PygmaeaeLuer 1986

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Part shadeCoolTo WarmSummer

Common Name The Hedgehog Masdevallia [refers to the hairy flower]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador in premontane rain forests at altitudes of 700 to 1400 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte found with erect stems covered with tubular bracts and a single, apical subcoriaceous, linear-lanceolate leaf that blooms in the summer on a single flowered, 1.6" to 2.8" [4 to 7 cm] long inflorescence 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 as M horrida photo/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 #6 1962 as M horrida photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 No 2 1968 as M horrida photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 # 6 1968 as M horridaphoto fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 No 9 1968 as M horrida photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 138 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 3 1982 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; 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; Orchid Digest Vol 61 #2 1997 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXI Systematics of Masdevallia Part 2 Luer 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Diodonopsis erinacea; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 drawing/photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; 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; AOS Bulltin Vol 76 No 4 2007 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; Orchid Digest Vol 74 #2 2010 photo fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #2 2016 as Diodonopsis erinacea photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #8 2017 photo fide;