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Orchid Species: Lycaste cruenta

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Lycaste cruenta is an orchid species identified by (Lindl.) Lindl. in 1843.
Lycaste (Lyc.)
(name currently accepted by Kew)
(Lindl.) Lindl.
ORIGIN: This medium sized, cool to cold growing species occurs in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador as an epiphyte or lithophyte at elevations of 1800 to 2200 meters.

DESCRIPTION: This medium sized, cool to cold growing species occurs in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador as an epiphyte or lithophyte at elevations of 1800 to 2200 meters with large, ovoid-oblong, compressed, spined pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several imbricating, scarious, sheaths and carrying several, deciduous, elliptic-lanceolate to broadly elliptic, plicate, acute or acuminate leaves that blooms in the spring on a lateral, several at once, to 7 [17.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with several inflated sheath bracts that has waxy, long-lasting, scented flowers and heavily spined pseudobulbs. Chiapas Mx., 1890m elev., near Teopisco, epiphytic on large oak limbs, in open oak woods, very plentiful.

FLOWER SIZE: To about 4 inches [to about 10 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 rossiana 1893 Rolfe
Add+ Lycaste Lyc saccata 1847 A.Rich.
Add+ Lycaste Lyc x sulphurea
Add+ Lycaste Lyc balsamea 1847 A.Rich.
Add+ Lycaste Lyc chrysoptera 1849 C.Morren
Add+ Lycaste Lyc sulfurea
Add+ Maxillaria Max balsamea 1854 (A.Rich.) Beer
Add+ Maxillaria Max chrysoptera 1854 (C.Morren) Beer
Add+ Maxillaria Max cruenta 1842 Lindl.
Add+ Selbyana Slb cruenta 2010 (Lindl.) Archila
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LYCASTE CRUENTA: A Problem Plant by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler). Compost and cultural guidance: lycastes do well in tree-fern fiber, also in fir bark and peat moss mixes; also in osmunda and sphagnum moss; provide liberal watering and dilute fertilizing in the s... 0
LYCASTE CRUENTA: Culture After Leaves Have Dropped by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler). Reduce the watering but not to a point of dryness; keep the night temperature above 55 deg.F. A71-783 0
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