What a Dichaea


The orchid genus Dichaea includes some of the strangest orchids i have ever seen in person. Take this one for example. My sources tell me this is likely D. globosa. Right off the bat, the bristly seed pods are a tell for this genus. With this particular species, each stem juts off of the trunk of a tree at a near 90 degree angle. The stem itself is horizontally flattened and the subtle yet beautiful flowers emerge from between the leaves and are presented below the plant, facing the ground. I had seen this orchid out of flower in a few places in Costa Rica, however, I was lucky enough to stumble across these individuals in flower while hiking in Panama. An exciting find for this orchid fanatic!