Dichaea angustisegmenta Dodson 1980 SECTION Dichaeopsis Photo by © Sean Fischer and his Flickr Photo Site
Drawing Drawing by © Lisa Megahee and Epidendra Orchid Page
LATE through MID
Common Name The Narrow Segment Dichaea [refers to the narrow floral parts]
Flower Size .8" [2 cm]
Found in Ecuador in wet montane rainforests at elevations around 200 to 600 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a monopodial, canelike, spreading, foliaceous stem carrying the conduplicate bases of the disitichously arranged, imbricating , linear-ligulate, acute, coriaceous leaves that are persistent to the sheathing bases and ultimately deciduous below stems that bloom in the late summer through mid fall on a short to .8" [2 cm] long, slender, axillary, single flowered inflorescence with a cucullate floral bract that envelopes the muricate ovary.
Dodson states that this species is distinguished by the plants with linear-ligulate leaves that are dihiscent at the sheaths, a muricate ovary, the very long-attenuate sepals and petals, and the elonfgate, erect, triangular infrastigmatic ligule that is minutely papillos apically.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 040 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson & Escobar 1993 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225 Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010