Dichaea cachacoensis Dodson 1993 SECTION Dichaeopsis TYPE Drawing by Dodson and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade Warm Cool Winter Spring Summer

Common Name The Cachaco Dichaea [A town in Imbabura Province of Ecuador]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Imbabura Ecuador at elevations of 850 to 1400 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool, pendent growing epiphyte with a simple to basally branched stem enveloped almost completely by imbricate, sheathing bases carrying distichous, dense, horizontally spreading, not articulate, bronzy green, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, apiculate leaves that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on an axillary, suberect, longer than the leaves, filiform, to .6" [1.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with densely muricate ovary and capsule and carrying a campanulate, sepals and petals pink brown, lip blue, column and anther white flower.

Distinguished by the non deciduous, bronzy green leaves without cross veins, the muricate ovary and the very long, strap like ligule under the stigma.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia 19: 100 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010