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Lycaste Shimayuki

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    Default Lycaste Shimayuki

    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.

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    Beautiful, love it!

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    Beautiful. Love the pristine white with yellow accent in the throat and lip.

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    That is one stunning orchid bloom! WOW.

    cheers,
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    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. :/
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