Dichaea lankesteri Ames 1923 SECTION Dichaeopsis Photo by Franco Pupulin.

Full Shade CoolFall

Common Name Lancaster's Dichaea [American Botanist in Costa Rica 1900's]

Flower Size 1/4" [8 mm]

Found only in Costa Rica and Panama in moist rain or cloud forests on shady tree trunks at elevations around 1050 to 1750 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with caespitose, densely leafy throughout, complantate stems enveloped completely by imbricating leaf sheath bases carrying spreading, wider below the middle, decurved, distichous, linear, gradually narrowing towarsds the acute apex, attenuate leaves that blooms in the fall on an axillary, short, .52 to .68" [1.3 to 1.7 cm] long, slender, single flowered inflorescence with a hispid muricate ovary


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Schedul. Orchid. 4: 56. 1923; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera & Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Pupulin 2005 drawing good/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 photo fide;