Basionym. Maxillaria virginalis Scheidw., Bull. Acad. Roy. Sci. Bruxelles 9(1): 25 ( ). Homotypic. Lycaste skinneri var. virginalis (Scheidw.). We are now seeing a few more Lycaste species from time-to-time, and accordingly, Few orchids rival a well grown specimen such as Lycaste skinnerii . .. Lycaste skinneri was also called Lycaste virginalis for much of the period between. Lycaste tricolor. US$ Lycaste Maria Liz. US$ Lycaste ciliata. US $ Masdevallia lucernula. US$ Dracula vampira. US$

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Retrieved from ” https: Oakeley identifies 4 sections; aromaticae, intermediae, skinneri and lycaste.

This genus has large plicate leaves, clustered ovoid pseudobulbs and multiple lateral inflorescences. Growing and Flowering Lycastes”.

I have accepted Oakeley’s identification for the purposes of this article. Lycaste angelae – Photo Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa. If rainwater isn’t an option, ensure that once a fortnight, you water very heavily perhaps by hand to flush out any salt build up in your pots.

Lycaste virginalis

Lycaste virginalis plate in: Squat pots seem to be most suitable for Lycaste as they are not deep rooted species and do not grow very tall, so don’t require the additional weight to keep them from falling over, however be careful not to overpot.

Up to 20 flowers appear from each mature pseudobulb, literally covering lycaxte plant in flowers.

There are several varietal forms including alba and rosea, however, as Oakeley says, this species remains rare in virginaliz. Lycaste skinneri is perhaps one of the best known species, although is not common in collections, but is present in many of the popular Lycaste hybrids. Lycaste tricolor is smaller-flowered species from Central America, growing as an epiphyte in rainforest at m altitude.


Lycaste virginalis (Scheidw.) Linden — The Plant List

Lycaste skinneri is found in Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador as an epiphyte or lithophyte in deep leaf litter in cool cloud forest at m it is the national flower of Guatemala.

This species needs more sun than the previous two species described, as its natural habitat is open tropical forest with high light. Therefore, the deciduous Lycastes can very successfully be grown in a shadehouse in WA. Lycaste candida – http: On August 9,during the governance Juan Jose Arevalowith the purpose of protecting the species from extinction in Guatemala, a government decree was issued that prohibited the collection and export of the species.

Lycaste lassioglossa Several Lycaste species including L aromatica, L cruenta, L deppei, L lassioglossa, L locusta, L macrophylla and L tricolor are relatively common in lyxaste collections in Australia.

Lycaste virginalis – Wikispecies

It is a hermaphrodite plant capable of producing millions of seeds inside of a fruit in the form of a capsule. As a general rule, they will grow well in a similar mix to your Cymbidium orchids, and if you are growing these plants well, you have your cultural conditions well under control.

Few orchids rival a well grown specimen such as Lycaste skinnerii. As a result, this species has been widely used in breeding dark red show Lycastes with Lycaste skinneri similar pigmentation occurs in Lycaste macrophylla. Identified by Reichenbach, virginqlis is named for the three colours present in the flower – beige, white and pink, although these colours are not distinct and often merge into a pale pink.


It is equally happy grown in either well-drained pot or slab culture provided you can maintain humidity during summer and being predominantly lithophytic, would probably be OK in a garden setting provided it can be given shelter in winter.

An alternative that we employ is to place them among other taller plants such as Cymbidiums that provide some shade, or under orchids or other plants virginapis hanging baskets although this can be a problem in winter if the baskets drip onto your Lycaste plants.

Williams Lycaste virginalis Scheidw. They can vary from being completely white in the Alba variety, passing from different tones of pink to lavender. This species has a more spectacular flower with shiny brown sepals in contrast with yellow petals and a bearded labellum flushed red.

Maxillaria skinneri Bateman ex Lindl. Basionym Maxillaria virginalis Scheidw. Lycaste skinneri is found in humid forests of MexicoGuatemalaEl Salvadorand Hondurasbeing the most abundant lyvaste Guatemala.

It occurs as a lithophyte, terrestrial or epiphyte in Southern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador at m altitude in dry-humid forests. It is found at m in light shade with year round high humidity, and displays the characteristic leaf abscission spines. I grow this species in a fine bark mix or a terrestrial mix in plastic pots or net pots set inside a plastic pot. Lycaste appreciates regular fertilising with a balanced regime that includes both organic and inorganic products.