Dichaea cleistogama Dodson 1989 SECTION Pseudodichaea

Leaves and flower Photos by Orchi and The Wikimedia Commons Webpage

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Dodson and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade Cool Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name The Closed Flower Dichaea

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1100 to 1200 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a cane-like, short, arcuate stem enveloped almost completely by imbricating leaf sheath bases carrying, deciduous, linear-oblong, acute, arcuate leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on an axillary, towards the apex of the stem, to .4" [1 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with ovate floral bracts and carrying white suffused with pink flowers with a muricate ovary.

Distinguished by the dehiscent leaves at the sheath, the cleistogamous flowers, and the muricate ovary.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icon. Pl. Trop., ser. 2, 5: t. 436 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 Drawing ok; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orquideas de Zamora Chinchipe Tomo 1 Epidendroideae 1 Jimenez y fil 2014 photo fide;