Masdevallia erinacea

Masdevallia erinacea

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Masdevallia
Species: Masd. erinacea
Binomial name
Masdevallia erinacea
Rchb.f 1877

Masdevallia erinacea is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Masdevallia.


Plant blooms during the summer with a single 1.5 cm flower. The leaves are about 40mm (1 3/5") long and the flowers 10mm (2/5"). Tails 5mm (1/5").


Plant is found in the forest of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 700 to 1400 meters.


Keep plant in partial shade. Plant can be grown in warm to cool conditions. Pot the plant in fine bark with perlite or sphagnum moss. Water regularly and keep potting media moist. Plant can also be mounted


Masd. erinacea Masdevallia erinacea variant Lip yellow patch with a brown patch.


Common Names: The Hedgehog Masdevallia


  1. Diodonopsis erinacea (Rchb. f.) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001
  2. Masdevallia echinocarpa Schltr. 1920
  3. Masdevallia horrida Teusch. & Garay 1960
  4. Scaphosepalum erinaceum (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1920

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