Lycaste crinita Lindl. 1844 SECTION Lycaste

Photo by © Eduardo Pérez García and the The Associacion Mexicano de Orquideas Webpage


Common Name The Haired Lycaste [refers to the hairs on the lip]

Flower Size to 3" [to 7.5 cm]

Nayarit Mx., 914m elev., La Liberdad area, on fallen limb in dense forest.

Very similar to L. aromatica, but the pseudobulbs and leaves are more robust, the disc of the lip more pubescent, and the scapes are longer. Found in Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacan, Guerrero, and Oaxaca Mexico on the Pacific slope at elevations of 300 to 1700 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte in tall trees with compressed, ovate, spined after leaf-fall pseudobulbs carrying 3, apical, elliptic, acuminate leaves. This fragrant flowered species blooms in the summer on an erect, several at once, 8" [20 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with several scarious sheathing bracts giving rise to waxy, fragrant flowers held well above the pseudobulbs and may arise with or without the appearance of new leaves.

Synonyms Lycaste micheliana Cogn. 1900; Maxillaria crinita Beer 1854; Selbyana crinita (Lindl.) Archila 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Genus Lycaste Fowlie 1970; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 6 1978 photo ok; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 3 1991; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994 drawing fide/photos good; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 no 7 2000 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71-74 Oakley 2007; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa The Essential Guide Oakley 2008; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1039 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #4 2010 photo fide; evista Guatemalensis 15[2] 33 2012 as Selbyana crinita; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide