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Orchid Species: Lycaste virginalis

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Lycaste virginalis is an orchid species identified by (Scheidw.) Linden in 1888.
Genus
Lycaste (Lyc.)
Grex
virginalis
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
(Scheidw.) Linden
Year
1888
ORIGIN: From wet montane forests and pine-oak-liquidambar forests at altitudes of 1200 to 1800 meters.

DESCRIPTION: This is a warm to cold growing, large sized, epiphytic or lithophytic orchid that has ovoid, compressed pseudobulbs carrying several, apical, deciduous, plicate, elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate leaves, dropping in the autumn, from that time on the plant needs no water or fertilizer and should only be resumed with the emergence of the new growth and flowering in the winter and early spring. The inflorescence is erect, with a few at once, 6 to 12 [15 to 30 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with the peduncle being concealed by inflated sheathing bracts. The flower is long-lasting, fragrant, and highly variable in size and color. This orchid is the national flower of Guatemala where it is known by the common name 'Monja Blanca' or white nun orchid, it is also found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

FLOWER SIZE: To more than 6 inches [to more than 15 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Lycaste Lyc jamesii
Add+ Lycaste Lyc skinneri 1843 Lindl.
Add+ Lycaste Lyc alba 1919 (B.S.Williams) Cockerell
Add+ Lycaste Lyc jamesiana 1889 auct.
Add+ Maxillaria Max skinneri 1842 Bateman
Add+ Maxillaria Max virginalis 1842 Scheidw.
Add+ Lycaste Lyc schoenbrunnensis 1893 Umlauft
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