Dichaea richii Dodson 1977 SECTION Dichaeopsis Photo by Padre Pedro Ortiz Valdivieso

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Dodson and Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 046 Dodson 1980

Part shadeHotLATERSpring Through Fall

Common Name Rich's Dichaea [American Original Collector of species current]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Ecuador in tropical moist and wet cloud forests as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte at elevations of 220 to 350 meters with semi-erect, cane-like stems carrying, distichous, deciduous, linear, deciduous on old growth leaves that blooms in the later spring through fall on an axillary, towards the apex, short, single flowered inflorescence.

Dodson states: Similar to D riopalenquensis but distinguished by the larger flowers. Similar to D panamensis but distinguished by the muricate ovary and much smaller flowers. The species also has dehiscent leaves, the muricate ovary, the upper margin of the stigma slightly projecting, , the lower margi flush with the planee of the face of the column from a lateral view and the blunt, triangular glabrous infrastigmatic ligule.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 2:49 Dodson 1977 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 046 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010