Dichaea brachypoda Rchb.f. 1866 SECTION Dichaeopsis

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Drawing by © Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria WebPage

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

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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; Orquideología Vol 26 #2 2009 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide/photo not; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 4 Kolanowska and Szlachetko 2016 drawing good