Lycaste suaveolens Summerhayes 1931 SECTION Aromaticae Photo by Rodolfo Hernandez

FragranceFull shade HotCoolSpringSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Sweet Smelling Lycaste

Flower Size 2.6 to 3.8" [6.5 to 9.5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua at elevations of 600 to 1800 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool goring epiphyte with spined psuedobulbs carrying 2 to 3, ribbed, plicate, dark green leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on to 8, erect, 2.4 to 6" [6 to 15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising with the new growths and carrying very sweet smelling flowers.

Synonyms Lycaste aromatica var. majus auct. 1926; Selbyana suaveolens (Summerh.) Archila 2010

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 6 1978 photo photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 831 Hamer 1983 drawing ok; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 3 1991; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa The Essential Guide Oakley 2008