Lycaste candida Lindl. & Paxton 1851 SECTION Intermediae Photo by Rafael Santos

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Bill Bergstrom and Bergstrom Orchids Homepage


Common Name The Snow-White Lycaste

Flower Size to 2" [to 5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama as a medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte with spined psuedobulbs in wet montane forests at elevations of 800 to 1800 meters with ovoid, tapering pseudobulbs with long spines after leaf fall carrying 3, ribbed, plicate, elliptic leaves that blooms with scented [apples] flowers on an erect, several at once, to 3" [7.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with several tubular sheathing bracts and arising the most often with new growths occuring in the later spring.

Synonyms Lycaste candid var alba Oakley 2008; Lycaste candida var rubra Oakley 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing not = L leucantha; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 139. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 228. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo good; Orchid Digest Vol 71-74 2007 Oakley; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa The Essential Guide Oakley 2008