Dichaea kegelii Rchb.f 1877 SECTION Pseudodichaea

Photo by the Orchid Species Preservation Foundation


Drawing by Foldats


Common Name Kegel's Dichaea [German Orchid Gardener and head of Halle Botanical garden 1800's]

Found in French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru in rain forests at elevations of 100 to 1300 meters as a small to just medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a pendant stem carrying distichous, imbricate, delicate, articulate to the leaf shesths below, elliptic to ovate-elliptic, finely pilose for the margins of the leaves that blooms in the late summer and fall with an axillary, short, single flowered inflorescence that holds the flowers within the leaves.

Distinguished from others in the genus by the broad, short, triangular infrastigmatic ligule at the bottom of the viscidium.

Synonyms Epithecia kegelii (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 not = D splitbergii; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 5 1970 D splitbergii; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = D splitgerberi; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0046 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing hmmish; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 438 Dodson 1989 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo hmm; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994 photo ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing not = D splitbergii; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo hmm; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide; Orchids of French Guiana Szlatchetko, Veyret, Mytnik-Ejdsmont,Sawika, Rutkowski and Baranow 2012 as D hookeri drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de Zamora Chinchipe Tomo 1 Epidendroideae 1 Jimenez y fil 2014; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide