Lycaste xytriophora Linden & Rchb. f. 1872 SECTION Intermediae

Lip Detail Photos courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Common Name The Lycaste With Handles

Flower Size to 4" [to 10 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, El Choco' Colombia and Ecuador in the western Andes among boulders in seasonally dry, montane cloud forests at elevations of 600 to 1800 meters as a large sized, cold to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with ovoid, compressed pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 3 apical, deciduous, plicate, lanceolate, acuminate leaves that have spines on the pseudobulb after leaf fall that blooms on a erect, many at one time, sheathed, to 6" [15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising on a half grown pseudobulb with fragrant, waxy, long-lived flowers occuring in the spring and summer in the northern hemisphere.

Synonyms Lycaste xytriophora var rosea Oakley 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1872 drawing fide; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1892 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Genus Lycaste Fowlie 1970; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 135 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 4 1984 photo; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 29 Schlechter/Brieger 1994; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 COS 2002 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

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