Dichaea violacea Folsom 1994 SECTION Dichaea

TYPE Drawing Photo/TYPE Drawing by James P Folsom

Common Name The Violet Dichaea

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Cocle Panama on the continental divide as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with 1 to a few pendent stems carrying closely spaced, sometimes overlapping, slightly refled blades, dark olive to dark green-olive, ovate-lanceolate, somewhat coriaceous, 5 to 6 laterally veined, marginally smooth, becoming microscopically ciliate apically leaves that blooms in the spring on a solitary, peduncle geniculate at emergence from sheath, +-.4" [+-1 cm] long, inner apical bract narrowly lanceolate-oblong, single flowered inflorescence carrying a very fragrant, widely opening flower scented of cloves.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; *Orchid Digest 58: 190 Folsom 1994 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #4 1996 photo fide