Dichaea riopalenquensis Dodson 1977 Photo by Rudolf Jenny and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Dodson and The Epidendra Website

Full Shade Hot WarmWinter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name The Rio Palenque Dichaea [Named for the RIO Palenque Science Center where it is a common plant]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador in tropical wet and montane cloud forests at elevations of 220 to 1000 meters as a hot to warm growing epiphyte with cane-loke, semi-erect, curved upwards apically stem enveloped by imbricating leaf sheath bases carrying deciduous, linear, falcate, acute leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on an axillary, short, slender, much shorter than the leaves, single flowered inflorescence carrying white or pink flowers with small red spots, particularly on the lip and has a muricate ovary and capsule.

CAUTION I am not positive about the photo determination above. There is supposed to be a triangular, barbate infrastigmatic lobe below the column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 2:49 Dodson 1977 drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 047 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010