Dichaea poicillantha Schltr. 1923 SECTION Dichaea

Plant and Flower

Photo by Franco Pupulin.

Full Shade Hot Cool Spring

Common NameThe Colorful Flowered Dichaea

Flower Size .3" [9mm]

Found only in Costa Rica in moist rain and cloud forests on shady tree trunks at elevations around 200 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a pendant, simple to branching, slightly compressed stem carrying subrecurvate-patent, oblong, obtuse and mucronate-serrulate apically leaves that blooms in the spring on a short, .32 to .44" [.8 to 1.1 cm] long, erect-patent, single flowered inflorescence with cucullate-ovate, apiculate floral bracts and a muricate ovary.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 73. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dresssler 1993; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #4 1996 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera & Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Orchids of Costa Rica Pupulin 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 NO 8 2007 drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 5 Epidendroideae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmusen 2009 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #2 2011 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018