Dichromanthus yucundaa Salazar & García-Mend. 2009 Photo by © Gerardo Salazar and The Scielo Website


Common Name The Cerro Viejo de Teposcolula Yucunda Dichromanthus [a montane Plain in Oaxaca Mexico where the orchid is found]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm] long

Found in Oaxaca Mexico in soil pockets on limestone rocky ground in open pine oak forests at elevations of 2200 to 2400 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with 3 to 5, in a basal rosett, present at flowering, deciduous, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, tapering below into the broad basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, glabrous, 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long, terete, partially enveloped by 2, strict, tubular, acute bracts, rachis 2.6 to 6.2" [6.5 to 15.5 cm] long, 7 to 17 flowered inflorescence with prominent, as long as to conspicuously longer than the flower, bright red, abaxially glaucous, loosely concave, ovate, acuminate floral bracts.

This species is the smallest in the genus and has glaucous red floral bracts, a lanceolate-oblong, yellow lip and orange red petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 80: 23- 28, Salazar & Mendoza 2009 drawing/photos fide