Dichaea selaginella Schltr. 1920 SECTION Dichaea

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter

Common Name The Moss-Fern-Like Dichaea

Flower Size

Found in Colombia at elevations around 300 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with a decumbent, flexuous, terete, densely leafy stem enveloped completely by leaf sheath bases carrying persistent, hispid marginally, short, adpressed, elliptic-lanceolate leaves that blooms on an axillary, towards the apex, as long as the leaves, .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a broadly ovate, acuminate floral bract

Often cited as a synonym of D hystricina but differs in the reflexed lip apex and the 2 basal lobes of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 202. Schlechter 1920; Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis, Beihefte 57: #279. Schlechter 1929 Drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 #9 2005; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo ok; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide