Lycaste powellii Schltr. 1922 SECTION Lycaste

Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Walter M. Shinn

FragrancePart shadeHotTo CoolSummerand Fall

Common Name Powell's Lycaste [American Botanist early 20th cen]

Flower Size to 4" [to 10 cm]

Found in the Canal Zone area of Panama and northwestern Colombia in wet montane forests at elevations of 50 to 800 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphytic species with ellipsoid-ovoid, smooth to ridged pseudobulbs carrying elliptic-lanceolate, plicate leaves where it blooms on an erect, few at once, slender, to 5 1/2" [14 cm] long inflorescence arising basally on a mature leafed pseudobulb with fragrant floral scented, waxy, long-lived flowers occurring in the summer and fall and has spined psuedobulbs.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 65. Panama Schlechter 1922; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Genus Lycaste Fowlie 1970; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 #4 2007 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa The Essential Guide Oakley 2008; Orchid Digest Vol 78 #4 2014 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide