Dichaea chasei Dodson 1993

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Dodson and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade Cool Cold Summer Fall

Common Name Chase's Dichaea [American Botanist current]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1600 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an erect, simple to basally branching stem enveloped almost completely by imbricating leaf sheath bases carrying distichous, dense, horizontally spreading, arcuate-recurveed at midpoint, green, linear-elliptic, acute, apiculate, articulated to the sheath leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on an axillary, suberect, much shorter than the leaves, filiform to .4" [1 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with muricate ovary and capsule and carrying an open flower that is white barred with pale red on the sepals and petals and all other parts are white.

Dodson states in 1993 "This species is recognized by its relatively large, erect, caespitose plant with long, acute, deciduous leaves, the muricate ovary, the pale pink to white flowers flushed and barred with pale red, the acute sepals and petals, and the blunt, triangular, infrastigmatic ligule"


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia 19: 101 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide