Schomburgkia lyonsii Lindl. 1853 SUBGENUS Schomburgkia Photo courtesy of Jean Finalle

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


Common Name or Meaning Lyon's Schomburgkia [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's and original cultivator of species]

Flower Size 1.2" to 2" [3 to 5 cm]

Found in Cuba and Jamaica at elevations of sealevel to 800 meters in forest of drier upland valleys with southern exposures on rocks or in trees in exposed locations as a large sized, hot to warm growing lithophyte with tapering cylindrical-elongate pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, erect, linear leaves that blooms in the later summer through fall on a 60" [1.5 meter] long, 10 to 25 flowered racemose inflorescence and carrying rather waxy, fragrant, long-lasting flowers

Synonyms Bletia lyonsii [Lindl.] Rchb.f 1861; Laelia lyonsii [Lindl.] Williams 1941; Scomburgkia carinata Greisbach 1864; Schomburgkia lyonsii f. immaculata (H.G.Jones) Christenson 2007; Schomburgkia lyonsii var. immaculata H.G.Jones 1972

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1862 as Bletia lyonsii; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 #5 1957 as S lyonsii var alba photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 as Laelia lyonsii drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 1 1963 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Laelia lyonsii; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 10 576 - 632 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 photo fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 drawing fide;