Dichaea muricata (Sw.) Lindl. 1833 SECTION Dichaeopsis

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Common Name The Point Covered Dichaea

Flower Size to 1/2" [1 to 2 cm]

Found from Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Brazil on steep forested slopes at elevations of 700 to 2500 meters as a medium sized, pendant, warm to cold growing epiphyte with cane-like stems that seldom branch carrying several, narrowly ovate, close-set, distichous leaves that are not deciduous, that blooms in the winter on an axillary, short, single flowered inflorescence with fragrant flowers.

Many references give Central America as a location but these have been moved to Dichaea latifolia.

Distinguished by the fat, almost orbicular lip with short, small apical and lateral lobes.

Synonyms *Cymbidium muricatum Sw. 1799; Dichaea bradeorum Schltr. 1923; Dichaea morrisii Fawc. & Rendl. 1910; Dichaea moritzii Rchb.f 1858; Dichaea muricata var. moritzii (Rchb.f.) Cogn. 1906; Dichaea ovatipetala Schltr. 1923; Dichaea robusta Schltr. 1929; Dichaea similis Schltr. 1923; Dichaea verrucosa A. & S. 1925; Epidendrum muricatum (Sw.) Poir. 1810

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018