Lycaste leucantha [Klotsch]Lindl. 1851 SECTION Lycaste

Photos by Daniel Jimenez

Flower Closeup

Plant grown by Marius Wasbauer, Photo by Dale and Deni Borders.


Common Name The White-Flower Lycaste

Flower Size 3 to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm]

This is a Guatemalan, Costa Rican and Panamanian species found in montane evergreen woods at altitudes of 600 to 2000 meters and is a large sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with ovoid, slightly compressed pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3 apical, narrowly oblong or oblanceolate, acute leaves that blooms at the beginning of the growth season which occurs in early winter or late spring and early summer and has a 8" [20 cm] long, inflorescence that appears after the leaves have fallen, and sometimes has fragrant sweet perfume scented flowers.

Part of the L macrophylla complex consisting of L fuscina, L dowiana, L guatemalensis, L leucantha, L macrophylla, L measuresiana, Lycaste occulta, L panamensis, L puntarenasensis, L x sanderae, L fuscina, L xanthocheila, L xytriophora,

Synonyms Lycaste candida Rchb.f 1863; Lycaste leuco-flavescens Hort. ?; *Maxillaria leucantha Klotzsch, Otto & A. Dietr. 1850

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1872 drawing fide; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as L candida not drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 4 1964 photo fide; The Genus Lycaste Fowlie 1970; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71-74 Oakley 2007; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa The Essential Guide Oakley 2008; Orchid Digest Vol 78 #4 2014 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide