Lycaste tricolor (Klotzsch) Rchb. f. 1863 SECTION Lycaste Photo courtesy of Daniel Jimenez

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Three-Colored Lycaste

Flower Size to about 2 1/2" [to about 6.4 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 600 to 1000 meters in rainforests with high humidity. The plant has ovoid, ribbed pseudobulbs without spines carrying 3 to 4, plicate, petiolate, elliptic-lanceolate leaves that may or may not be present as the tiny white to pink flowers bloom on an erect, several at once, to 5" [to 17.5 cm], single flowered inflorescence with the fragrant, waxy flowers occuring in the spring.

Synonyms Maxillaria tricolor Klotzsch 1852

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 51. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing ok;Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Genus Lycaste Fowlie 1970; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchid Digest Vol 71-74 Oakley 2007; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa, The Essential Guide Oakley 2008