Saturday, September 1, 2012
Lycaste Kiama Margaret AM/AOS
My Lycaste Kiama Margaret just finished it's flowering this season, it's an interesting hybrid (Lycaste Koolena x Lycaste Macama) that have large flowers and good color, making it's a nice addition to any orchid collection.
Lycaste - from the Greek word for nymph, this genus was dedicated to the daughter of Priam, last King of Troy and the blooms have regal appearance to them, for sure. I love the deep wine color of the petals with some white markings on the lips and always look forward every season seeing this beauty in bloom.
These orchids native to West Indies, Mexico, Central and South America where they grow on trees or rocks from near sea level to high elevations in the mountains and have pseudobulbs and large, thin leaves which are shed as the growths mature. In the home situation it means that they require good drainage and air movement, some shade in the middle of our summer. They love plenty of water while actively growing and then reduced watering in their resting period.
Another beautiful orchid that easy to cultivate for experienced orchid grower as well as beginner and will reward year after year with it's special, majestic, spectacular blooms.