Dichaea bonplandiana H.Medina, J.Portilla & Hirtz 2019 SECTION Dichaeaopsis

LCDP by Hugo Medina

Part Shade Warm Spring Summer Fall

Common Name Bonpland's Dichaea [French Explorer, Botanist and member of Humboldt's expeditionary team 1800's]

Flower Size .52 to .66" [1.3 to 1.6 cm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador in humid, primary and secondary forests at elevations around 900 meters as a small sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect stem enveloped below by dried leaf bases and above carrying many, articulates, deciduous, linear, acute, entire margin, leaves that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on axillary, short to .72" [1.8 cm] long, single, flowered inflorescence with a shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying fleshy, flowers.

Similar to D australis but the new species has yellow-greenish flowers, incurved and concave petal apices, a cream colored lip with a ciliate margin, and horn-like projections on the column. D australis has clear green flowers, flat petal apices, a white lip with an entire margin and no horn-like projections on the column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #8 2019 photo/drawing fide;