Lycaste deppei [Lodd.]Lindley 1843 SECTION Lycaste Photo by © Jean Claude George.

Color VariationPhoto by © Jay Pfahl.

Flowering Plant ensitu Photo by © Weyman Bussey.


Common Name Deppe's Lycaste [English Orchid Collector in Mexico 1800's]

Flower Size to 4 1/2" [to 11.5 cm]

Found in Tamaulipas, Puebla, Vera Cruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua on trees and rocks in humid montnae forests at elevations of 1100 to 1700 meters and is a small to medium sized, cold to warm growing epiphyte or a lithophyte with ovoid, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by scarious sheaths carrying several apical, elliptic-lanceolate, plicate, deciduous, acuminate leaves that when fallen leave a few sharp spines. They have very fragrant flowers in the spring on a erect, several at once, to 6" [15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with scarious sheaths and appear as the new growths arise and they are sometimes deciduous, so as the leaves brown to fall off they should be kept cooler and dry until the new growths arise in the spring.

Synonyms Deppia mexicana Raf. 1836; Lycaste chrysoptera Morr. 1849; Lycaste deppei var. major Stein 1892; Lycaste deppei var. pallida Stein 1892; Lycaste deppei var praestans Linden 1898; Lycaste deppei var rosea Oakley 2008; Lycaste deppei var viridis Oakley 2008; Lycaste leiantha Beer 1854; Maxillaria chrysoptera [Morr.] Beer 1854; *Maxillaria deppei Lodd. 1833; Maxillaria leiantha Beer ?

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as L deppei var punctatissima drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Genus Lycaste Fowlie 1970; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing fide/photo hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 9 1983 photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1031 Dodson 1984 drawing ok; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 3 1991; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71-74 Oakley 2007; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa The Essential Guide Oakley 2008; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1041 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide