Dichaea squarrosa Lindl. 1840 SECTION Dichaea Photo by Eric Hunt plant grown by OrchidMania

Common Name The Bulky Dichaea [refers to the mass of the plant iteslf]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found from Jalisco, Guerrerro, Mexico, Moreles, Oaxaca, Vera Cruz, Chiapas states of Mexico and south to Panama in humid forests at higher elevations up to 3800 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte on tree trunks with tangled, branching pendant stems enveloped completely by imbricating leaf bearing sheaths carrying many, distichous, persistent, fleshy-coriaceous, linear, tapering towards the tips and narrows below into the clasping base leaves and blooming in the spring on an axillary, .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, filiform, single flowered inflorescence with suborbicular, minutely apiculate, infundibuliform, amplexicaul floral bracts and carrying a densely muricate capsule.

Synonyms Dichaea suaveolens Kraenzl. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala Vol 2 Ames and Correll 1953 drawing good; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956 as D suaveolens; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo not; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing hmm; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing good; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera & Zamora 2003; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005 as D suaveolens photo hmm; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez, Lopez and Dressler 2005