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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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All flower quite prolifically providing they receive a well-balanced fertiliser regime. Some reports indicate that consignments of up toplants were sold at auction in virginlis late 19th century. It was first introduced by George Ure Skinner [8] in Guatemala, where the alba variety is commonly known as the monja blanca and is the national flower of said country. Similarly, Lycaste orchids appreciate higher humidity – if you are virgonalis in a shadehouse in summer, you will need to make some arrangement to maintain humidity during the day.

Lycaste virginalis

Several colour forms exist including alba and some rarer forms including lycasre pink form with an alba labellum. It also has the characteristic leaf abscission spines on the leafless pseudobulbs, and needs to be kept dry while in its leafless state to avoid soft rots Lycaste candida is also a deciduous epiphyte or lithophyte from Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama, generally found in woodlands or full sun at m.

Some of the More Common Lycaste. The misidentification occurs despite the distinctive slender flowers and large callus even George Ure Skinner misidentified this species. Various mediums are proposed including sphagnum moss, pine bark, tree fern fibre, coconut chips coarse river sand, charcoal, perlite and so the list goes on.


The flowers are long lasting and fragrant, one flower per spike and frequently multiple spikes from a growth.

Alcorn says that it is important to remember that Lycaste is a cool-growing species, and does not need the heating that Phalaenopsis or Vanda generally require during our winter months, unless your area is susceptible to frosts.

Maxillaria skinneri plate 35 in: The capsule parent is from my line breeding and the pollen parent is an awarded alba clone with excellent shape from Tom Perlite of Golden Gate Orchids.

InLeticia M. Lycaste hybrids are widely grown and much of the early hybridising in Australia was lyycaste out by Fred Alcorn who did much to reintroduce this genus to Australian orchidists.

The confusion continues and often one will see plants advertised as Lycaste virginalis – these are in fact likely to be Lycaste skinneri var alba. Lycaste skinneri plate 10 in: Following its discovery, large quantities were taken from the wild and imported into Europe by George Skinner and his successors.

Growing and Flowering Lycastes”. The small yellowsoap-scented flowers arise from the base of the leafless pseudobulbs. This is beneficial as mature plants need to be somewhat drier after flowering before new growth commences, otherwise the new growth may rot.

Wikispecies has an entry on: Part 3 I will now cover some of lycsate less common but for orchid species enthusiasts, more desirable Lycastes. The same agreement was modified on June 4, to extend the ban on lydaste and flowersas well as to include the rest of the species of this botanical family. Inwhen they began to make 50 cent coins, the monja blanca was used as one of the faces on the new coin.

I have accepted Oakeley’s identification for the purposes of this article.

Air circulation is also critical as it is with almost all orchid species. Therefore, the best time to repot is when the new growth has started cm tall and new ylcaste appear.


Lycaste virginalis/skinneri alba

Adrian and Deanna’s Lycaste guatemalensis However, to focus on what seems more useful to us as enthusiasts, both Alcorn and the San Francisco Orchid Society have some thoughts about Lycaste culture.

Views View Edit History. The plentiful, long-lasting flowers virglnalis to 8 per pseudobulb arise from the base of the mature pseudobulbs, so a mature plant can literally be ringed by flowers. Lycaste campbellii is a deciduous epiphyte from Colombia and Panama at sea level.

Lycaste virginalis (Scheidw.) Linden — The Plant List

This species has a strong cinnamon scent during bright daylight. The strong perfume is more pronounced when the plant is in sunshine. You will be billed later. In other projects Wikispecies. While the line breeding in the later 19th and most of the 20th century was conducted by Santa Barbara Estate and Cal Orchids in California and Wylde Court Orchids in UK, the line breeding is now being done in Japan and some very superior forms are now available.

There are several varietal forms including alba and rosea, however, as Oakeley says, this species remains rare in cultivation.

Naturally, Lycaste orchids appreciate rainwater given the increasing amount of dissolved salts in our scheme water. 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 mixed collections in Australia. The species name cruenta is Virglnalis for blood coloured referring to the red spotting at the base of the lip.