Lycaste macrophylla

Lycaste macrophylla

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Maxillarieae
SubTribe: Lycastinae
Genus: Lycaste
Species: Lyc. macrophylla
Binomial name
Lycaste macrophylla
(Poepp. & Endl.) Lindl. 1843

Lycaste macrophylla is a plant belonging to the orchid genus Lycaste.


Plants are found growing in the wet montane forest of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Venezuela at elevations of 400 to 2400 meters


Plant blooms from summer to fall with up to five 11 cm wide flowers.


Grow in diffused bright light and keep in cool to warm 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 allowing the leaves to become wet. Reduce watering during the winter. Pot plants in 75% fine bark and 25% perlite or in full sphagnum moss.


Lycaste macrophylla dark Lycaste macrophylla variant petals are pink and sepals are brown, lip is pink
Lycaste macrophylla spots Lycaste macrophylla variant petals are white with pink spots and sepals are brown, lip is white with pink spotspink
Lycaste macrophylla green Lycaste macrophylla variant petals are white and sepals are green brown, lip is white


Common Name:The Large Leaf Lycaste


  1. Lycaste filomenoi Schltr. 1921
  2. Lycaste macrophylla subsp. desboisiana (Cogn.) Fowlie 1964
  3. Lycaste macrophylla subsp. filomenoi (Schltr.) Fowlie 1964
  4. Lycaste macrophylla subsp. neglecta (Schltr.) Fowlie 1970
  5. Lycaste macrophylla subsp. panamanensis Fowlie 1964
  6. Lycaste macrophylla subsp. plana (Lindl.) Fowlie 1964
  7. Lycaste macrophylla subsp. viridescens Oakeley 1991
  8. Lycaste macrophylla var alba Oakley 2008
  9. Lycaste macrophylla var. desboisiana Cogn. 1897
  10. Lycaste macrophylla var. measuresianum Sander 1901
  11. Lycaste macrophylla var. plana (Lindl.) Oakeley 2007
  12. Lycaste neglecta Schltr. 1929; Lycaste plana Lindl. 1842
  13. *Maxillaria macrophylla Poepp. & Endl. 1836
  14. Maxillaria phyllomega Steud. 1841
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