Dichaea escobariana Dodson 1993 SECTION Dichaeopsis

TYPE Drawing by © Dodson and The Epidendra Website

Full ShadeWarm Cool Fall Winter

Common Name Escobar's Dichaea [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast later 1900's]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and Esmeraldas province of Ecuador at elevations around 850 to 1100 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a recumbent, creeping closely attached to the substrate, basally branching stem enveloped almost completely by imbricating leaf sheath bases carrying non-deciduous, dense, horizontally spreading, dark green, oblong-ovate, acute, apiculate leaves taht blooms in the fall and winter on an axillary, suberect, longer than the leaves, filiform, to .36" [9 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a glabrous ovary and capsule amd carrying an open, spreading flower with sepals and petals pale wine red with red veins, the lip wine red and the column and anther pinkish white and has a protruding, glabrous, blunt, triangular, infrastigmatic ligule.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 19(1): 103. Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide