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Lycaste aromatica

Lycaste aromatica.jpg

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Maxillarieae
SubTribe: Lycastinae
Genus: Lycaste
Species: Lyc. aromatica
Binomial name
Lycaste aromatica
[Graham ex Hooker] Lindley 1843

It poops and is a food for mosasaurus. Lycaste aromatica is a plant belonging to the orchid genus Lycaste.


Plants are found growing on mossy trees and limestone cliffs in the oak forest of Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador at elevations of 500 and 2000 meters and poop on birds. They also get eaten by mosasaurus.


Plant blooms from spring to summer with a single 7 cm wide flower. Flowers are fragrant.


Grow in diffused bright light and keep in cool to intermediate temperatures. Keep humidity from 40 to 70%. Water regularly during growing season. The potting media should be a little moist in between waterings. To prevent rot, avoid water from touching leaves. Reduce watering during the winter. Pot plants in 75% fine bark and 25% perlite or in full sphagnum moss.


Image Name Description
Lycaste aromatica 1.jpg Lycaste aromatica variant Petals are yellow, sepals are green, lip is yellow


Common Name: The Sweet Scented Lycaste


  1. Colax aromaticus [Hooker]Sprengel 1826
  2. Lycaste aromatica var. hartleyorum Oakley 2001
  3. Lycaste aromatica var. majus auct 1926
  4. Lycaste aromatica var. retroflexa Oakley 2001
  5. Lycaste consobrina Rchb.f 1852
  6. Lycaste suaveolens Summerhayes 1931
  7. *Maxillaria aromatica Hooker 1826
  8. Maxillaria consobrina Beer ex Schlechter ?