Dichaea longa Schltr. 1922 SECTION Dichaea

Photo by Alex Reynolds and the ORCHIDS of MAQUIPUCUNA Website

Common Name The Long Dichaea [refers to the plant size]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Bolivia in rain and cloud forests at elevations of 220 to 3100 meters as a large to giant sized, warm to cool, pendant growing epiphyte with branched to unbranched stems in the upper 1/2 carrying distichous, non-deciduous, reflexed, oblong, apiculate leaves that blooms at most ant time of the year on an axillary, single flowered inflorescence.

Distinguished by the persistent leaves, the muricate ovary, the entire margin leaves sometimes with cilia only towards the apex, the apically rounded leaves, the ligule .04" [1 mm] long or less, and the strongly vanilla scented diurnal flowers.

Synonyms Dichaea latifolia var. longa (Schltr.) Folsom 1996

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 48 Dodson 1980 as D soderoi drawing good; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 as D soderoi drawing good; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as D latifolia var longa; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing good; Orquideas de Zamora Chinchipe Tomo 1 Epidendroidea 1 Jimenez y fil 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 as D latifolia var longa drawing fide