Dichaea muricatoides Hamer & Garay 1974 SECTION Dichaea

Plant and Flowers

Photos by the Belize Botanic Gardens and their Belize Botanic Garden Webpage

full shadeCoolWinter

Common Name The Muricata-like Dichaea

Flower Size 1.2" [2 cm]

Found in Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica at elevations around 1200 to 1850 meters as a small to medium sized, cool and pendant growing epiphyte with compressed stems completely enveloped by imbricating leaf bearing sheaths carrying distichous, alternate, slightly twisted, elliptic, acute to rounded leaves that blooms in the winter on an axillary, short, .48 to .6" [1.2 to 1.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a muricate ovary and capsule.

Synonyms Dichaea liebmannii Rchb.f. 1879; *Dichaea tuerckheimii Kraenzl. 1923 nom illeg.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo hmm; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 655 Hamer 1982 drawing ok; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing ok; Icones Orchidaceraum I plate 13 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera & Zamora 2003; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #1 2013 photo plant only; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018