Lacaena spectabilis (Klotzsch) Rchb.f. 1854

Photo by Lourens Grobler


Inflorescence closeup

Photos by David Jubineau

Common Name The Beautiful Lacaena

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 1200 to 1650 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial on steep embankments or as an epiphyte on fallen trees with elliptic pseudobulbs partially enveloped basally by several scarious, triangular sheaths and carrying 2 to 3 apical, plicate, narrowly elliptic, acuminate, petiolate, deciduous leaves that blooms in the spring on a lateral, pendant, 12 to 20" [30 to 50 cm] long, racemose, several to many flowered inflorescence arising with a new growth and carrying fragrant flowers

Synonyms Lacaena nicaraguensis L.O.Williams 1964; *Nauenia spectabilis Klotzsch 1853

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 3/4 1977/8 drawing; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 796 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1440 Atwood 1992 drwaing fide;Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999 as L nicaraguensis; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 3 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 7 2006 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #5 2016 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;