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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Evidence of salt build up can be seem by a white crust on top of the media, or around the rim of the pot, although this can also be calcium from hard water. The Orchid Album Therefore, the deciduous Lycastes virginaliis very successfully be grown in a shadehouse in WA.

This robust species is found in Mexico, Honduras and Cost Rica, virginxlis or lithophytic at altitudes of m in warm humid forests. A feature of most Lycaste species is the spines at the leaf abscission point. Basionym Maxillaria virginalis Scheidw.

It was originally introduced into cultivation by Skinner in the s and described by Reichenbach in Pycaste is possible that some percentage of the seedlings could be alba forms. WilliamsOrchid Album 4: A Monograph of the Trochilidae vol.

This genus has large plicate leaves, clustered ovoid pseudobulbs and multiple lateral inflorescences.


Lycaste virginalis/skinneri alba

Before you commit to buy, please read About Ordering. This striking species is found in Colombia growing lithophytically at altitudes of m.

Oakeley says that he has seen this species growing in light woodland along with Laelia spp, with the roots embedded in virginals in the bark, and often covered by mosses and lichens. 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.

Reichenbachia I second series Flowering takes place when the new growth is half grown.

Lycaste appreciates regular fertilising with a balanced regime that includes both organic and inorganic products. Species Orchid Society of. It is found at m in light shade with year round high humidity, and displays the characteristic leaf abscission spines.

However, this problem is not just Dr Fowlie’s. I grow this species in a fine bark mix or a terrestrial mix in plastic pots or net pots set inside a plastic pot. The flowers are long lasting and fragrant, one flower per spike and frequently multiple spikes from a growth. Central America El Salvador.

Lycaste virginalis

This will avoid shrivelling and compromised flowering. This orchidalso known as the monja blanca white nunis the national flower [6] of the Republic of Guatemala. Known for many years as Lycaste skinneri, it has recently been changed back to the earlier species name of Lycaste virginalis. In the past, they have been considered difficult to grow, however this myth has largely been dispelled with better understanding of their habitat and cultural needs.


It is little wonder therefore that it is no longer common in the wild, and for a time, was listed in Appendix 1 of CITES 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.

As a result, this species has been widely used in breeding dark red show Lycastes with Lycaste skinneri similar pigmentation occurs in Lycaste lycaxte. Linden Lycaste jamesiana auct. This species has a more spectacular flower with shiny brown sepals in contrast with yellow petals and a bearded labellum flushed viryinalis. In his book, Oakeley provides a description of the complex pollination process. Retrieved from ” https: Therefore, the best time to repot is when the new growth has started cm tall and new roots appear.