Dichaea histrio Rchb.f. 1859 SECTION Dichaea

Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep Shade Hot Cool Winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name The ? Actor-Like Dichaea

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Venezuela and Ecuador at elevations of 200 to 1500 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with pendulous, branched towards the apice stems enveloped completely by imbricating leaf sheath bases carrying distichous, leathery, spreading, non-deciduous, oblong, acute, unequally obliquely bilobed, minutely fimbriate to denticulate margined leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a short, single flowered inflorescence.

Distinguished by the persistent leaves, the leaf bladesd without apparent cross veins and less than 1.2 cm long, the muricate ovary, the upper surface of the lip not tuberculate towards the apex and the triangular, elongate, infrastigmatic ligule that projects forward and has apicle pubescence.

Synonyms Dichaea tigrina Rchb.f. ex Regel 1869

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetablis Beibeite Band 6 Venezuela Schlechter 1919; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 5 Foldats 1970; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Dunsterville & Garay 1972 not = D tachirensis; Venezuelan Orchids, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 not = D tachirensis; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 #2 1980 photo not = D tachirensis; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 437 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994 as D tigrina; Orquideas del la Serrania del Baudo Choco Colombia Misas 2005 photo good; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orquideas de Zamora Chinchipe Tomo 1 Epidendroidea 1 Jimenez y fil 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo ok?