Basionym. Maxillaria virginalis Scheidw., Bull. Acad. Roy. Sci. Bruxelles 9(1): 25 ( ). Homotypic. Lycaste skinneri var. virginalis (Scheidw.). We are now seeing a few more Lycaste species from time-to-time, and accordingly, Few orchids rival a well grown specimen such as Lycaste skinnerii . .. Lycaste skinneri was also called Lycaste virginalis for much of the period between. Lycaste tricolor. US$ Lycaste Maria Liz. US$ Lycaste ciliata. US $ Masdevallia lucernula. US$ Dracula vampira. US$

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Long leaves grow from its thick pseudobulbs. Abundant cloud cover at ground level, elevates the relative humidity during the day and the dry season.

Despite many reviews since, no-one has been able to more accurately clarify his reasoning for naming the genus thus. Lycaste lassioglossa does not have the spines on the leafless pseudobulbs that Lycaste cruenta and some other species display.

However, more than 40 cultivars have been awarded by the RHS. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. WilliamsOrchid Album 4: Wikispecies has an entry on: It is a variable species with several distinct varieties that vary in colour from yellow through yellow orange and occasional yellow green sepals. Like Lycaste lycstethis species also does not have the spines on the leafless pseudobulbs that Lycaste lycatse and some other species virginslis.

Linden Lycaste jamesiana auct. It does not get a dry winter rest in my conditions.

I will now cover some of the less common but for orchid species enthusiasts, more desirable Lycastes. He notes that Dr Fowlie’s work contains many incorrectly named plants in the three genera LycasteIda and Anguloa. I have accepted Oakeley’s identification for the purposes of this article.


Most commonly found in forest regions between sea level and m, growing either epiphytically, lithophytically or terrestrially, they inhabit a wide variety of climates ranging from cloud forests to regions with pronounced wet and dry seasons. For the sap-sucking insects, good culture will generally eliminate the problem, although there are a range of organic products available now that do far less damage to both the grower and the environment – the downside is that you will need to use them more often.

Shelter also needs to be provided when they are coming into flower to avoid flower damage. It also has the characteristic leaf abscission spines on the leafless pseudobulbs, and needs to be kept dry while in its leafless state to avoid soft rots Lycaste candida is also a deciduous epiphyte or lithophyte from Costa Rica, Nicaragua virginwlis Panama, generally found in woodlands or full sun lyccaste m. This species needs more sun than the previous two species described, as its natural habitat is open tropical forest with high light.

From Wikimedia Lycaset, the free media repository. Lycaste candida was discovered by Joseph virgijalis Warszewicz and named by Lindley, although erroneously thought to be synonymous with Lycaste leucantha. This species has a strong cinnamon scent during bright daylight.

Like many of this genus, it is very floriferous with up to eight flowers from each pseudobulb at the onset of new growth. Lycaste skinneri plate 39 in: For those interested in breeding, the brown colour of the sepals is due to red pigment in the epidermis on the front side of the sepal overlying green pigment.


ChristensonLindleyana This is a cross of two unrelated clones. Identified by Reichenbach, it is named for the three colours present in the flower – beige, white and pink, although these colours are not distinct virginaliis often merge into a pale pink.

The Orchidaceae of Mexiko and Guatemala Illustration of Lycaste skinneri by Walter Hood Fitch. Ure Skinner in in ,and is often misidentified as Lycaste aromatic a due to its coloration. Some of the More Common Lycaste.

We are now seeing a few more Lycaste species from time-to-time, and accordingly, I thought that it might be time to undertake a little research about this genus. The flowers of this species are strongly phototropic growing so that they face the sun, making them more visible to pollinators such as euglossine bees which are attracted by the cinnamon pheromones.

Lycaste virginalis

It was the first Lycaste to be described and is one of the simplest to grow and flower. This orchidalso known as the monja blanca white nunis the national flower [6] of the Republic of Guatemala. Adrian and Deanna’s Lycaste guatemalensis However, to focus on what seems more useful to us as enthusiasts, both Alcorn and the San Francisco Orchid Society have some thoughts about Lycaste culture.

Rubra and Alba forms also exist. InLeticia M. It is a hermaphrodite plant capable of producing millions of seeds inside of a fruit in the form of a capsule.