Lycaste xytriophora Linden & Rchb. f. 1872 SECTION Intermediae

Lip Detail

Photos courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Common Name The Lycaste With Handles

Flower Size to 4" [to 10 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, El Choco' department of Colombia and Ecuador in the western Andes among boulders in seasonally dry, montane cloud forests at elevations of 600 to 1800 meters as a large sized, cold to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with ovoid, compressed pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 3 apical, deciduous, plicate, lanceolate, acuminate leaves that have spines on the pseudobulb after leaf fall that blooms on a erect, many at one time, sheathed, to 6" [15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a half grown pseudobulb with fragrant, waxy, long-lived flowers occuring in the spring and summer in the northern hemisphere.

Part of the L macrophylla complex consisting of L fuscina, L dowiana, L guatemalensis, L leucantha, L macrophylla, L measuresiana, Lycaste occulta, L panamensis, L puntarenasensis, L x sanderae, L fuscina, L xanthocheila,

Synonyms Lycaste xytriophora var rosea Oakley 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1872 drawing fide; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1892 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Genus Lycaste Fowlie 1970; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 135 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 4 1984 photo fide; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 COS 2002 photo fide; Orchid Digest vol 71 #4 Oct, Nov, Dec 2007 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa, The Essential Guide Oakley 2008; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #5 2017 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide

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