Masdevallia hystrix Luer & Hirtz 1986 SUBGENUS Masdevallia SECTION Coriaceae SUBSECTION Coriaceae Rchb.f 1874

Photo by Tom Ballinger and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shadeColdSpring

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

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Loja province of 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.

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; Masdevallia's in Kleur Vol 1 P M Oversteegen, Eisses & A P Sijm 2001 photo 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; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;