Dichaea hystricina Rchb. f. 1865 SECTION Dichaea Photo by Mikael Karlbom.

Plant and Flowers Photo by Franco Pupulin.

Flower closeup Photo by Dale and Deni Borders

Plant In situ Dominican Republic Photo by Linda & Mikael Karlbom, Sweden

Full shadeCoolTo Hot LATESpring THROUGH EARLY Fall

Common Name The Bristly Dichaea

Flower Size .28 to .32" [7 to 8 mm]

Found in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Leewards, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Windwards, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador as well as Brazil in wet montane cloud forests on giant bamboo or mossy braodleaf trees as a caespitose, miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte occurring at elevations of 360 to 2000 meters with erect to semi-pendant, compressed, cane-like stems enveloped completly by imbricating, leaf sheath bases carrying several, coriaceous, pilose margined, densely distichous, conduplicate, non-articulated, narrowly elliptic, acuminate with denticulate-ciliate margin leaves that blooms in the late spring through early fall on an axillary, short, to .24" [6 mm] long, filiform, single flowered inflorescence with 2, the outer sub-orbicular-funnelform, the inner narrowly lanceolate with a muricate ovary and capsule.

Distinguished by the thin apical lateral lobes and the basal auricles of the lip


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