Dichaea latifolia Lindley 1833 SECTION Dichaea

Photo by James P Folsom


Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay

Another Drawing

Drawing by Cogniaux

Common Name The Broad-Leaved Dichaea

Flower Size 3/4" [1.8cm]

Found in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, the Leewards, the Windward Islands, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil in rain or cloud forests at elevations of 200 to 2000 meters as a large to giant sized, hot to cool, pendant growing epiphyte or lithophyte with, pendent, compressed stems enveloped completely by leaf bearing sheaths and carrying densely, distichously imbricate, conduplicate, rigid, non-articulated, obovate-suborbicular, obtuse, apiculate, margin entire leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an axillary, to .68" [1.7 cm] long, filiform, single flowered inflorescence with a membraneous, suborbicular, funnel-like floral bract and carrying resupinate flowers with shortly muricate ovary and echinate capsules.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as D muricata drawing hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 # 9 1967 as D muricata; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 4 1970 as D muricata drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 as D muricata drawing hmm; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980 photos ok; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing good; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #4 1996 photo fide Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing hmm; Orchidaceae Antillinae Nir 2000; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing fide/photo ok; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 4 Kolanowska and Szlachetko 2016 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing good