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Lycaste skinneri

Lycaste skinneri.jpg

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

Lycaste skinneri is a plant belonging to the orchid genus Lycaste and from moderate altitudes of Central America.


Plants are found in wet montane pine forest in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador at 1200 to 1800 meters in elevation.


Lycaste skinneri has pink flowers which can grow about 15 cm (6 in) wide, the flower stem for a single flower being up to 30 cm (12 in) tall. They flower mostly in late autumn or winter. The leaves are deciduous and grow to 75 cm (30 in) long. The plant has pseudobulbs up to 10 cm (4 in) long. Flowers are fragrant.


Grow in diffused bright light and keep in 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 skinneri alba.jpg Lycaste skinneri var. alba Flower sepal, petals, and lip is white. Lycaste skinneri var. alba is the national flower of Guatemala where it is commonly known as 'Monja Blanca' or white nun orchid
Lycaste skinneri pink.jpg Lycaste skinneri 'Pink Sunset' Flower sepal and petals are pink, and lip is yellow.
Lycaste skinneri SB.jpg Lycaste skinneri variant Flower sepal are pink and petals are magenta, and lip is magenta.


Common Name:White Nun Orchid or in Guatemala Monja Blanca - Skinner's Lycaste. Lycaste virginalis var. Alba is Guatemala's National Flower.


  1. Lycaste alba Cockerell 1919
  2. Lycaste jamesiana hort. 1889
  3. Lycaste schoenbrunnensis Umlauft 1893
  4. Lycaste skinneri f. virginalis (Scheidw.) Christenson 1996
  5. Lycaste skinneri var. alba Dombrain 1872
  6. Lycaste virginalis [Scheidw.]Lindley 1888
  7. Maxillaria skinneri Lindl. 1840
  8. Maxillaria skinneri Bateman ex Lindley 1842
  9. Maxillaria virginalis Scheidw. 1842