Beautiful, love it!
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This is a discussion on Lycaste Shimayuki within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This is the second bud to open on this Lycaste, which is a hybrid of ...
This is the second bud to open on this Lycaste, which is a hybrid of Lyc. Frank Hoyt and Lyc. skinneri. Since Frank Hoyt is a cross of skinneri and costata, essentially this is 3/4 skinneri and 1/4 costata. From what I can tell - and what do I know, anyway - the hybridizer was looking for a way to get a white skinneri without having to find a skinneri var. alba (which, I understand, is pretty rare). Lyc. costata is fairly green and doesn't have such great form, but the hybrid is pretty successful. The substance of this bloom is like thick wax - almost heavy plastic, and it browns at the slightest touch, much like a magnolia or gardenia; unlike the only other Lycaste I have, this one seems to be a sequential bloomer - it has two buds just emerging now . It's mildly fragrant. Lyc. skinneri, as many of you know, is the national flower of Guatemala; I am guessing that costata refers to Costa Rica, but I may be completely wrong about that.
It gets bright indirect sun, between 50 and 70% humidity, and stays in a fairly constant temperature in the low 70sF. Whether that's what it prefers, i don't know, but it's what we have to offer, and it's been happy for awhile now. After it finishes blooming and rests, when the new growth starts, it will go into S/H like the majority of the rest of my orchids. For 3 months now, my plants have really taken to S/H - putting out a lot of new green roots and getting firmly anchored in the pots (fingers crossed).
I hope the full view photo shows the proportion of this bloom - it's a good 5" wide and 4 " tall.
Last edited by mauraec; March 12th, 2012 at 06:04 PM. Reason: typo
Beautiful, love it!
Beautiful. Love the pristine white with yellow accent in the throat and lip.
That is one stunning orchid bloom! WOW.
That is so beautiful and how neat that it is the national flower of Guatemala . . Thanks for sharing.
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B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!!! I love the sparkling white one this one. Couldn't find one at the orchid show. :/