Lycaste brevispatha (Klotzsch) Lindl. & Paxton 1852 SECTION Intermediae

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Common Name The Short Inflorescence Lycaste

Flower Size to 2" [to 5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama as a medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte with spined psuedobulbs in wet montane forests at elevations of 800 to 1800 meters with ovoid, tapering pseudobulbs with long spines after leaf fall carrying 3, ribbed, plicate, elliptic leaves that blooms in the later spring with scented [apples] flowers on an erect, several at once, to 3" [7.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with several tubular sheathing bracts and arising the most often with new growths.

SEE ALSO L angelae

Synonyms Lycaste candida Lindl. & Paxton 1851; Lycaste candida var alba Oakley 2008; Lycaste candida var rubra Oakley 2008; Maxillaria brevispatha Klotzsch 1851

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing not = L leucantha; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 139. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 228. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as L candida; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as L candida photo good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001 as L candida; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as L candida; Orchid Digest Vol 71 #4 2007 photo fide as L candida; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa The Essential Guide Oakley 2008 as L candida; Orchid Digest Vol 78 #4 2014 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 AS L candida photo ok; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide

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