!Lycaste dowiana Endr. & Rchb.f. 1874 SECTION Lycaste Photo courtesy of Pieter C. Brouwer

Another Flower Angle Photo courtesy of Daniel Jimenez


Common Name Dow's Lycaste [ English Orchid Enthusiast and Ship Captain 1800's]

Flower Size 1 1/5" [3 cm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 1400 meters in cloud forests as a medium to large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slightly compressed, ovoid, rugose pseudobulbs without apical spines after leaf fall carrying 4 to 6, apical and sheathed, elliptic-lanceolate, plicate, shortly acuminate leaves that gradually narrow into a petiole below that blooms at most any time on a basal, thin, flexible, 3 1/4 to 3 1/2" [8 to 9 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence that is enveloped by 4 inflated bracts.

One of the Lycaste macrophylla complex consisting of the species L dowiana, L fuscina, L guatemalensis, L leucantha, L macrophylla, L measuresiana, L panamensis, L puntarenasensis, L x sanderae, L viridescens, L xanthocheila, L xytriophora,

Synonyms Lycaste dowiana var labello-alba Oakley 2008; Lycaste dowiana var viridis Oakley 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Genus Lycaste Fowlie 1970; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 2 1984 photo; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 829 Dodson 1983 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994; Orchid Digest Vol 71-74 Oakley 2007; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa The Essential Guide Oakley 2008

Lycast dowiana var viridis Photo courtesy of Piotr Markiewicz

This species has a lack of all red pigment in the lip but has green sepals.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa The Essential Guide Oakley 2008