Sudamerlycaste maxibractea (D.E.Benn. & Oakeley) Archila 2003 TYPE Drawing by Pastorelli, Bennett & Christenson

Full Shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Largest Bracted Sudamerlycaste [refers to the floral bract]

Flower Size 3.2" [8 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Cusco Peru at elevations below 2000 meters as a large sized, cool growing terrestrial with ovoid-oblong, sulcate pseudobulbs carrying 2, lanceolate, acute, subcoriaceous, channeled into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on an elongate, erect, peduncle terete, 30 to 36" [75 to 90 cm] long, with 5 to 6, distant, lanceolate, acuminate bracts, single flowered inflorescence with very large, far exceeding the dorsal sepal in length, ovate-triangular to lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying a very fleshy flower without color data .

Synonyms Ida maxibractea (D.E.Benn. & Oakeley) A.Ryan & Oakeley 2003; *Lycaste maxibractea D.E.Benn. & Oakeley 1994

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 492 Bennett & Christenson 1998 Drawing fide;