Dichaea tuerckheimii Schltr. 1916 SECTION Tenuifolia Photo by Franco Pupulin.

Full Shade Hot Cool Winter

Common Name Tuerckheim's Dichaea [German Orchid Collector Costa Rica 1800's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Niacaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama in moist forests on shady tree trunks at elevations of 100 to 1850 meters as a medium to large sized, hot 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 winter on an axillary, .6" [1.5 cm] long, suberect, single flowered, filiform inflorescence with 2 broadly ovate acute bracts and a smooth ovary and capsule.

Synonyms Dichaea glabrescens Kraenzl. 1923; Dichaea guatemalensis Schltr. 1916 ; Dichaea wercklei Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 74. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as D werklei; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 156. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as D werklei; Orchids of Guatemala Vol 2 Ames and Correll 1953; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956 as D glabrescens; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956 as D wercklei; Ceiba Vol 5 L O Williams 1956 excluded; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 661 Hamer 1982 drawing good; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Hamer Vol 1 1988; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing hmm; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera & Zamora 2003; Vanisihing Beauty, Native Orchids of Costa Rica Pupulin 2005 photo fide

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