The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Lycaste

Family: Orchidaceae.

Lycaste macrophyla
Lycaste Genus of about 45 species of deciduous, epiphytic or terrestrial orchids found in cloud forest in Mexico, Central and South America, and the West Indies. They produce robust, ovoid or ellipsoid, compressed pseudobulbs, and a number of broad, lance-shaped to oblong elliptic, often soft, folded, light green leaves. Large, waxy, fragrabt flowers, produced singly on leafless stems from the bases, are typically triangular in shape, with the sepals framing the smaller, cupped petals and 3-lobed lips.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Cool-growing orchids. Grow in orchid potting mix or soilless potting mix in a hanging basket. In winter, provide bright filtered light and keep dry. In the summer, the plants must be thouroughly watered and misting is required, in the fall, reduce watering. Do not water in the winter, but spray regularly. Divide when the plant overflows its container, or remove at least 4 backbulbs and pot up separately.
Lycaste aromatica
True to its name, the butterscotch/orange flowers emit a sweet, spicy fragrance. Found from Mexico to Guatemala at about 4000', these plants are deciduous and like a winter rest. Lycaste aromatica
Lycaste denningiana
Found high in the Andes of Ecuador and Peru. Produces large, somewhat nodding flowers in olive green/light brown with bright orange lip. Prefers cooler temperatures with bright light. Lycaste denningiana
Lycaste deppei
Found in Mexico, Nicuragua, and Guatemala it is unique among its genus mates as the only lycaste with white petals and an orange lip. These plants are sometimes deciduous and appreciate a winter rest. Lycaste deppei
Lycaste trifoliata
Lycaste trifoliata
Lycaste virginalis (Scheidw.) Lindl.
Lycaste virginalis (Scheidw.) Lindl.

User-submitted additions and corrections:

joseph schwab
U.S.A
7th Nov 2006
Lycaste love bright light and spagnum moss. Know your species because many need a dry winter rest.
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