Dichaea delcastilloi D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1998SECTION Dichaeopsis

TYPE Drawing by Bennett & Christenson

Full Shade Cold LATE Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name del Castillo's Dichaea [Peruvian original collector of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Junin department of Peru at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with short, b asally branching stems enveloped almost completely by imbricating leaf sheath bases carrying, alternate, distichous, non-deciduous, linear-lanceolate, conduplicate, arcuate, acute leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an axillary, towards the apex of the stem, short, single flowered inflorescence with a series of bracts, the uppermost lanceolate, acuminate bracts that are subsimilar to the floral bract and carrying shallowly campanulate semi-opaque white with lavender markings on all parts other than the dark purple column with pale yellow anther flowers with a densely muricate ovary.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 434 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014