Lycaste macrobulbon Lindl. 1850-1 SECTION Intermediae

Photo by Jill Godfrey

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Common Name The Large Bulbed Lycaste

Flower Size to 4" [10 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela and northwestern Brazil at elevations around 1200 to 2000 meters and is often found in conjunction with pit viper's nests as a large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte, terrestrial or lithophyte occcuring in cloud forests in the states of Santa Marta, Norte der Santander, Boyaca and Cunidinamarca with large, broadly cylindrical or oblong-ovoid, compressed, sulcate or rugose with age pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3 apical, plicate, deciduous, long petiolate, oblong-elliptic or oblong-lanceolate, acute or acuminate leaves that blooms on an erect, to 7" [17.5 cm] long, inflorescence with several loose sheaths, giving rise to fragrant, waxy, long-lived flowers in the early spring and summer.

Synonyms Anguloa aurantiaca Rchb.f. 1852; Lycaste macrobulbon var youngii Rolfe 1892; Lycaste pleiochroma Rchb.f. 1860; Lycaste rossiana var matto grossensis Barb. Rodr. 1898; Maxillaria macrobulbon Hook. 1846

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Genus Lycaste Fowlie 1970; Orchid Digest #34 #1 1970 photo fide; Flora de VenezuelaVolumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Braziliense Band II Pabst & Dungs 1977 as L rossiana var matogrossensis drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 6 1978 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 4 1984 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 3 1991; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 1998 photo ok; Orquideologia Vol 24 #1 2005 photo good; Orchid Digest Vol 71 #4 2007 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa The Essential Guide Oakley 2008; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 as Maxillaria macrobulbon drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide