Lycaste macrobulbon Lindl. 1850-1 SECTION Intermediae Photo courtesy of Jill Godfrey

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Common Name The Large Bulbed Lycaste

Flower Size to 4" [10 cm]

This is a Colombian, large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte, terrestrial or lithophyte occcuring in cloud forests in the states of Santa Marta, Norte der Santander, Boyaca and Cunidinamarca with large, broadly cylindrical or oblong-ovoid, compressed, sulcate or rugose with age pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3 apical, plicate, deciduous, long petiolate, oblong-elliptic or oblong-lanceolate, acute or acuminate leaves that blooms on an erect, to 7" [17.5 cm] long, inflorescence with several loose sheaths, giving rise to fragrant, waxy, long-lived flowers in the early spring and summer and can be located at elevations around 1200 to 2000 meters and is often found in conjunction with pit viper's nests.

Synonyms Anguloa aurantiaca Rchb.f. 1852; Lycaste macrobulbon var youngii Rolfe 1892; Lycaste pleiochroma Rchb.f. 1860; Maxillaria macrobulbon Hook. 1846

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Genus Lycaste Fowlie 1970; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 6 1978 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 4 1984 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 3 1991; Die Orchideen lieferung 29 Schlechter/Brieger 1994; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 1998 photo ok; Orchid Digest Vol 71-74 Oakley 2007; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa The Essential Guide Oakley 2008