Dichaea lagotis Rchb.f. 1876

Photo by OJames P Folsom


Drawing by Oaks Ames and The Herbaria Virtual Austral Americano Website

Full Shade

Common Name The ?Dichaea

Flower Size

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 2200 to 2400 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a stem enveloped by distichous, imbricating, leaf sheath bases carrying non-deciduous, reflexed, triangular-ovate, acute, leathery leaves that blooms on an axillary, short, single flowered inflorescence with a setose hairy ovary and carrying dirty white flowers with a violet lip.

Distinguished by the persistent leaves, the muricate ovary, the leaves with ciliate margins only near the apex, the leaves wothout apparent cross-veins, the acuminate sepals and the ligule bifid at the apex.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetablis Beibeite Band 6 Venezuela Schlechter 1919; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 5 1970; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orquideas de Zamora Chinchipe Tomo 1 Epidendroidea 1 Jimenez y fil 2014 photo good; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014;