Lycaste schilleriana Rchb. f. 1855 SECTION Lycaste

Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name Schiller's Lycaste [German Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size to 4 3/4" [12 cm]

Found in Risaralda and Valle de Cauca departments of Colombia at elevations of 1250 to 1800 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing lithophyte or terrestrial orchid 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 bloom in the spring and summer although it can be variable on a basal, erect, usually few at once, to 12" [30 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and subtended by a few, large, loose, tubular sheathing bracts and with the nodding, waxy, fragrant flowers held among the leaves.

Synonyms Lycaste longisepala C. Schweinf. 1952; Lycaste schilleriana var alba Oakley 2008; Lycaste schilleriana var. lehmannii Regel 1890; Lycaste schilleriana var rosea Oakley 2008;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1872 drawing ok; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 4 1964 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Genus Lycaste Fowlie 1970; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 5 1991 as Lycaste hennisiana; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994; 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 86 #8 2017 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 as L schilleriana var alba drawing/photo fide