Dichaea glauca (Sw.) Lindl. 1833 SECTION Dichaeopsis

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White form and Plant

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Another Color Form

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Plant and Flowers

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Common Name The Shiny Blue-Green Dichaea [refers to the leaves color]

Flower Size to 3/4" [1.5 cm]

A robust, small to medium sized, erect or arching, cold to warm growing epiphyte and occasional terrestrial or lithophyte found below the trees that occurs in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica; Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvdor, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet humid forests and coffee plantations at elevations of 500 to 2400 meters, with erect stems enveloped by leaf-sheaths carrying distichous, glaucous, deciduous, oblong-elliptic, acute, shortly mucronate leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an axillary, 1" [2.5 cm] long, solitary flowered inflorescence with broadly ovate bracts, a smooth ovary and capusle and carrying strongly fragrant flowers that are held close to the leaves

This orchid is cold to warm growing and needs ample year-round water and fertilizer.

Synonyms Cymbidium glaucum Sw. 1799; Dichaea oerstedii Rchb.f. 1855; Dichaea willdenowiana Krzl. 1923; Dichaeopsis glauca (Sw.) Schltr. 1918; Dichaeopsis oerstedii (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1918 *Epidendrum glaucum Sw. 1788; Epithecia glauca Schlechter 1838; Epithecia oerstedii (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1914; Prosthechea glauca (Sw.) Knowles & Westc. 1838

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Prodr.: 124. 1788 as Epidendrum glaucim; Nova Acta Regiae Soc. Sci. Upsal. 6: 71. 1799 as Cymbidium glaucum; *Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 209. 1833; Bonplandia 3: 219. 1855 as Dichaea oerstedii; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing ok; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Epithecia glauca; Orchids of Guatemala Vol 2 Ames and Correll 1953; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956 as D oerstedii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #10 1967 photo fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing hmm/photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 652 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; An Introdution to the orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photos fide; Catalogo Descriptivo de las Orquideas de Cuba Acuna 1987; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum I plate 12 Salazar 1990 drawing fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994 photo ok; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of Jamaica Glouden & Tobisch 1995 photo plant only; Orchidaceae Antillinae Nir 2000; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera & Zamora 2003; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005; Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Laramendi 2005 photo fide; Floras Orchids Nash La Croix 2005 photo fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005 photo fide; Orquideas de la Republica Dominicana and Haiti Fernandez 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #1 2010 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #2 2011 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018