Dichaea trichocarpa (Sw.) Lindl. 1833 SECTION Dichaea

Photo by Franco Pupulin.

Full Shade WarmCoolSpring

Common Name The Hairy Seed Capsule Dichaea

Flower Size .6" [1.5 mm]

Found in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Niacaragua, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica in moist elfin and cloud forests on shady tree trunks at elevations of 600 to 1950 meters as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a pendant, branching, compressed stem completely enveloped by imbricating leaf-bearing sheaths carrying conduplicate, rigid, linear-lanceolate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the spring on an axillary, ,28" [7 mm] long, single flowered, filiform inflorescence with 2 broadly ovate acute bracts and carrying muricate ovary and capsules.

Synonyms Cymbidium trichocarpon (Sw.) Sw. 1799; *Epidendrum trichocarpum Sw. 1788;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing ok; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 155. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Orchids of Guatemala Vol 2 Ames and Correll 1953 drawing good; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956 excluded; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 659 Hamer/Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Catalogo Descriptivo de las Orquideas de Cuba Acuna 1987; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #4 1996 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera & Zamora 2003; Vanisihing Beauty, Native Orchids of Costa Rica Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orquideas de la Republica Dominicana and Haiti Fernandez 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #2 2011 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide; Lankesteriana 19(1). 31 - 55 2019 photo fide