Dichaea brachypoda Rchb.f. 1866 SECTION Dichaeopsis Drawing by Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria WebPage

Another Drawing Drawing by Dodson and Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate434 1989 The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria WebPage

Collection sheet Collection by Epidendra Orchid Page


Common Name The Short Cloumn Foot Dichaea

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and northern Brazil in very wet montane rainforests or cloudforests at elevations around 450 to 2000 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a monopodial, semi-pendent, foliaceous stem carrying the conduplicate bases of the disitichously arranged, imbricating , strap-shaped, acute, thin leaves that are deciduous to the sheathing bases in the basal half that bloom in the summer through fall on a short to .8" [2 cm] long, slender, axillary, single flowered inflorescence

Some references put this species as a synonym of D panamensis but differs in the deciduous leaves with petals that are not verrucose externally, the terete column with a small infrastigmatic appendage below and the color of the flowers.

Synonyms Epithecia brachypoda (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1915; Dichaeopsis brachypoda (Rchb.f.) Schltr.1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 not = D camaridioides; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 4 Foldats 1970 drawing not = D camaridioides; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Band II Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = D camaridioides; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 650 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Plate 434 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 as D aff brachypoda photo good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera & Zamora 2003; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Choco Colombia Misas 2005 photo ok; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 4 Kolanowska and Szlachetko 2016 drawing good