Lycaste powellii Schltr. 1922 SECTION Lycaste Photo courtesy by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Walter M. Shinn---

Color variety

FragrancePart shadeHotTo CoolSummerand Fall

Common Name Powell's Lycaste [American Botanist early 20th cen]

Flower Size to 4" [to 10 cm]

This is a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphytic species found in the Canal Zone area of Panama and northwestern Colombia in wet montane forests at elevations of 50 to 800 meters with ellipsoid-ovoid, smooth to ridged pseudobulbs carrying elliptic-lanceolate, plicate leaves where it blooms on an erect, few at once, slender, to 5 1/2" [14 cm] long inflorescence arising basally on a mature leafed pseudobulb with fragrant, waxy, long-lived flowers occurring in the summer and fall and has spined psuedobulbs.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 65. Panama Schlechter 1922; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Genus Lycaste Fowlie 1970; Die Orchideen lieferung 29 Schlechter/Brieger 1994; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest vol 71-74 Oakley 2007; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa The Essential Guide Oakley 2008