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[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010

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