Dichaea glauca (Sw.) Lindl. 1833 SECTION Dichaeopsis Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

White form and Plant Photo by Patricia Harding

Another Color Form Photo by Dale and Deni Borders

Plant and Flowers Photo by Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden


Common Name The Shiny Blue-Green Dichaea [refers to the leaves color]

Flower Size to 3/4" [1.5 cm]

A robust, small to medium sized, erect or arching, cold to warm growing epiphyte and occasional terrestrial or lithophyte found below the trees that occurs in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica; Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvdor, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet humid forests and coffee plantations at elevations of 500 to 2400 meters, with erect stems enveloped by leaf-sheaths carrying distichous, glaucous, deciduous, oblong-elliptic, acute, shortly mucronate leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an axillary, 1" [2.5 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate bracts, a smooth ovary and capusle and carrying strongly fragrant flowers that are held close to the leaves

This orchid is cold to warm growing and needs ample year-round water and fertilizer.

Synonyms Cymbidium glaucum Sw. 1799; Dichaea oerstedii Rchb.f. 1855; Dichaea willdenowiana Krzl. 1923; Dichaeopsis glauca (Sw.) Schltr. 1918; Dichaeopsis oerstedii (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1918 *Epidendrum glaucum Sw. 1788; Epithecia glauca Schlechter 1838; Epithecia oerstedii (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1914; Prosthechea glauca (Sw.) Knowles & Westc. 1838

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Prodr.: 124. 1788 as Epidendrum glaucim; Nova Acta Regiae Soc. Sci. Upsal. 6: 71. 1799 as Cymbidium glaucum; *Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 209. 1833; Bonplandia 3: 219. 1855 as Dichaea oerstedii; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing ok; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Epithecia glauca; Orchids of Guatemala Vol 2 Ames and Correll 1953; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956 as D oerstedii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 652 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; An Introdution to the orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photos fide; Catalogo Descriptivo de las Orquideas de Cuba Acuna 1987; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum I plate 12 Salazar 1990 drawing fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Die Orchideen lieferung 30 Schlechter/Brieger 1994 photo ok; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of Jamaica Glouden & Tobisch 1995 photo plant only; Orchidaceae Antillinae Nir 2000; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera & Zamora 2003; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005; Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Laramendi 2005 photo fide; Floras Orchids Nash La Croix 2005 photo fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005 photo fide; Orquideas de la Republica Dominicana and Haiti Fernandez 2007 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014;