Dichaea cryptarrhena Rchb.f. ex Kraenzl. 1923 SECTION Dichaea

Photo by Franco Pupulin.

Full Shade WarmCool WinterSpring

Common Name The Cryptarrhena-Like Dichaea

Flower Size 1/2" [1.2 cm]

Found only in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama in moist rain and cloud forests on shady tree trunks at elevations of 500 to 2000 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with branching stems enveloped by imbricating leaf sheath bvases carrying extened, reflexed, oblong to ovate-oblong, obtuse, apiculate leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on an axillary, .4 to .75" [1 to 1.8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a muricate ovary.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #4 1996 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera & Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Pupulin 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #2 2011 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018