Dichaea trinitensis Gleason 1927

Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Trinidad Dichaea

Flower Size

Found in the Leewards, Windwards, Trinidad and Tobago, Surinam, French Guiana, Guyana and Venezuela in tall forests at elevations of 800 to 1300 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a clump of suberect to erect in youth, pendent with age, leafy stems enveloped by leaf sheath bases carrying small, fleshy, distichous, deciduous, velvety brown green, deeply sulcate, mucronate leaves that blooms on an axillary, near terminal leaves, shorter than the leaves, single flowered inflorescence.

There has been much confusion over this species and D rendelei but the main differnence is D rendelei is a smaller plant and has the ventral side of the column being concave and does not have a elongate hook-like ligule.

Synonyms Dichaea hookeri Garay & H.R.Sweet 1972; Dichaea rendlei var. trinitensis (Gleason) Foldats 1959

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 quinta parte Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 as D hookeri drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Band II Pabst & Dungs 1977 as D hookeri drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, A Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 as D hookeri; Native Orchids of the Eastern Caribbean Kenny 1988 as D hookeri; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 443 Dodson 1989 drawing hmm; Orchids of Venezuela, A Field Guide Vol 1 2nd Edition Romero & Carnevali 2000 Drawing fide; Orchidaceae Antillinae Nir 2000; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 as D hookeri photo not; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as D hookeri; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchids of French Guiana Szlatchetko, Veyret, Mytnik-Ejdsmont,Sawika, Rutkowski and Baranow 2012 as D hookeri drawing/photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo fide;