Dichaea picta Rchb. f. 1872 [1869] SECTION Dichaeopsis

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Common Name The Painted Dichaea

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found from the Leewards, Trinidad & Tobago, Windwards, French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil in rainforests as a small sized, pendant, hot to warm growing epiphyte that is found at elevations of 0 to 1000 meters with unbranched to branching basally stems carrying close set, olive green, oblong lanceolate leaves held at a 90' angle to the stem by a clasping sheath and blooms in the summer through winter on an axillary, short single flowered inflorescence that appears at the upper leaf axils near the apex of the stem.

Distinguished by the dehiscent leaves, the glabrous ovary, the .6" [1.5 cm] wide flowers, the short but well developed infrastigmatic ligule, and the small ring-like callus at the base of the lip

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1869 drawing hmm; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Epithecia picta; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing ok no infrastigmatic ligule; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 # 9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 5 1970 drawing ok no infrastigmatic ligule; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok no infrastigmatic ligule; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo hmm; Native Orchids of the Eastern Caribbean Kenny 1988 photo ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 PHOTO ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1994 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok no infrastigmatic ligule; 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; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #2 2011 photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo good; 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 photo ok; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide