Dichaea graminoides (Sw.) Lindl. 1833 SECTION Dichaeopsis

Another Flower

Photo by Gary Yong Gee and his Orchid Photographs by Gary Yong Gee Webpage


Drawing by Hagsater etal and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Full shadeWarm Cool Spring Summer Fall

Common Name The Grassy-Leaf-Like Dichaeae

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Leewards, Trinidad and Tobago, the Netherland Antilles, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Brazil in cloud forests at elevations of 650 to 1900 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with patent to erect stems carrying distichous, alternate, articulate to the imbricating sheaths, linear, conspicuously apiculate, minutely ciliate towards the apex leaves that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on axillary, .8 to 1.4" [2 to 3.5 cm] long, very thin, single flowered inflorescence with a glabrous ovary and capsule and carrying mostly white, campanulate flowers.

Synonyms Cymbidium graminoides (Sw.) Sw. 1799; Dichaea graminea Griseb. 1864; Dichaeopsis graminoides (Sw.) Schltr. 1918; *Epidendrum graminoides Sw. 1788; Epithecia graminoides (Sw.) Schltr. 1914; Isochilus graminoides (Sw.) Hook. 1826

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Epithecia graminoides;Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetablis Beibeite Band 6 Venezuela Schlechter 1919; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing hmm; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956; Orchids of Peru Vol 4 Schweinfurth 1961; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 5 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol III Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icon es Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 653 Hamer 1982 drawing good; Catalogo Descriptivo de las Orquideas de Cuba Acuna 1987; Native Orchids of the Eastern Caribbean Kenny 1988; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Orchids of Jamaica Glouden & Tobisch 1995 photo ok; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchidaceae Antillinae Nir 2000 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 547 Hagsater 2002 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005; Orquideas de la Republica Dominicana and Haiti Fernandez 2007 photo hmm; Orchids of French Guiana Szlatchetko, Veyret, Mytnik-Ejdsmont,Sawika, Rutkowski and Baranow 2012 drawing ok; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018