Another one of our own crosses – a very pleasant outcome. The plants are free-flowering on shorter stems – colour varies from green-brown to salmon pink.
This genus has epiphytes, lithophytes and terrestrials in it’s 52 species that are spread throughout Central America, the West Indies and South America south to Peru and Bolivia at elevations of 500 to 2800 meters. They have plicate, deciduous leaves with short, ovate, thick, ribbed psuedobulbs with 2 or 3, thin, heavily-veined, apical leaves with foliaceous sheaths at the base, giving rise to a lateral inflorescence with more than one arising from the base of the psuedobulb with a single flower in most species. The flowers are large, often fragrant, with subequal spreading sepals and petals, a three lobed lip that is flexibly united to the column foot, a slender column that is wingless or narrowly 2 winged, has a basal foot, an apical anther, 2 to 4 pollina with 2 very short to elongate stipites. Humid, shady conditions are required with water and fertilizer as the plant is growing; as the leaves begin to yellow and fall the water needs to be reduced along with a drop in temperatures to assure a good blooming: from Jay Pfahl www.orchidspecies.com
Lycaste (Auburn x Jason) x candida