Lycaste Orchid Facts
- Lycaste Orchid represents the common name of a small but impressive genus of truly breathtaking orchids containing roughly 30 species of plants.
- Many experts consider this to be the most beautiful of all known varieties of orchid. Its popularity with gardeners would seem to support this opinion.
- Along with its great beauty, the flower remains renowned for its distinctive aroma. This has been compared to a combination of cloves and cinnamon.
- Due to its great popularity, numerous hybrids and cultivars exist.
Lycaste Orchid Physical Description
All known varieties of the gorgeous Lycaste Orchid possess the thin, pleated leaves, and egg-shaped pseudobulbs for which the genus has become famous.
As with all orchids, the flowers in this genus possess three sepals and three petals. It also presents several color varieties.
The sepals may be either orange, green, reddish brown, or yellow while the petals are most commonly white, orange, or yellow.
The flowers of most Lycaste Orchid varieties grow to about 4 in (10 cm) in diameter. A few varieties, however, may reach as much as 7.1 in (18 cm).
Lycaste Orchid Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
Within the genus, the Lycaste Orchid splits into two main groups: the Deciduosae and Macrophyllae. On one hand, the Deciduosae group grows within a temperature range approximating 90 F (32.2 C).
On the other hand, the Macrophyllaes prefer a temperature range of 60-80 F (15.6-26.7 C). The relative humidity in both endemic regions is also between 50-70%.
These plants like it warm and moist.