Dichaea anchoraelabia C. Schweinf. 1947 SECTION Dichaeopsis

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Common Name The Anchor-Shaped Lip Dichaea

Flower Size 1/4" [6 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in wet montane rainforests at elevations around 100 to 1100 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a pseudo-monopodial, pendant, growth habit and stems that are leafy towards the apex, deciduous below with oblong-elliptic, obliquely obtuse, pale yellow green leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a subsessile, to .4" [1 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence that is much shorter than the leaves and has infundibuliform floral bracts that are half the length of the ovary.

Dodson states that this species is distinguished by its dehiscent at the sheath leaves, the smooth ovary, the lip without a callus, the cinandrium marginally swollen, and the tiny glabrous, infrastigmatic ligule.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 4 Schweinfurth 1961 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Band II Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing ok?; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0044 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1994 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 627 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 photo ok; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo good; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchids of French Guiana Szlatchetko, Veyret, Mytnik-Ejdsmont,Sawika, Rutkowski and Baranow 2012 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de Zamora Chinchipe Tomo 1 Epidendroideae 1 Jimenez y fil 2014 photo fide; Orquideas de Zamora Chinchipe Tomo 1 Epidendroideae 1 Jimenez y fil 2014 as D campanulata not photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide