Genus Lycaste Lindley

Lycaste aromatica
Lycaste bradeorum
Lycaste campbellii
Lycaste candida
Lycaste cruenta
Lycaste deppei
Lycaste dowiana
Lycaste lasioglossa
Lycaste leucantha
Lycaste luminosa
Lycaste macrobulbon
Lycaste x michelii ***
Lycaste powellii
Lycaste skinneri
Lycaste tricolor
Lycaste xytriophora

Lycaste cruenta Lindley

This species belongs to the section Deciduosae subsection Xanthantae (as all yellow Lycaste species following J.A. Fowlie). All plants of this section have spines on the top of the pseudobulbs and loose their leaves during winterrest.
Lycaste cruenta-plants can be found in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. Once the pseudobulbs are mature, the plant needs a dry winterrest with as many light as possible. During the winterrest, the leaves are deciduous. The flowers can be 8 centimeters diameter or more. The callus (inside the lip) is rather small.
Pay attention to the picture on the right hand: shape and form of the callus in the lip is obviously small, note the short, corpulent column. The picture on the left has been published to illustrate an article from the hand of Achille Richard (Portefeuille des Horticulteurs, tome premier, Paris 1847, p. 130-132). This is the very first picture of Lycaste cruenta which Richard named Lycaste balsamea.

Lycaste macrobulbon (Hooker) Lindley

This species from Colombia also belongs to the section Deciduosae subsection Xanthantae.
The flowers of this species are the biggest among the yellow Lycaste-species. The pseudobulbs of this plants bear important spines and it is said that those spines protect pit-vipers who nest in the plant and... of course the vipers protect the plants.
The left picture, an image from Lindenia, shows the var. Youngii, a variety without red spots on petals and lip.
I grow this plant in Phalaenopsis-conditions (temperature and humidity), during wintertime (end November till end February) they need a severe dry rest.
Take a note of the long, grooved callus (picture on your right hand).

Lycaste aromatica (Graham ex Hooker) Lindley

This species from Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua also belongs to the section Deciduosae subsection Xanthantae. The large callus, overlapping the midlobe for at least 5 mm, is caracteristic for this species. The sidelobs of the lip are remarquebly sulcate.
I grow my plants temperate during summertime but cool and dry during wintertime.

Lycaste campbellii
                        C. Schweinf.
A species (section Deciduosae subsection Xanthantae) with rather small flowers from Panama and Colombia where the plants grow epiphiticaly at sea level (Pacific).

I grow my plants under Phalaenopsis-conditions, giving a severe dry winterrest.

Lycaste bradeorum Schltr.

A nice, yellow Lycaste from Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. This species (section Deciduosae subsection Xanthantae) prefers temperate to warm conditions in culture with a dry winterrest.

Lycaste deppei
                   (Lodd.) Lindley

This is one of the easyest Lycaste-species to determinate (section Deciduosae subsection Xanthantae).
The plants grow in Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua. They like intermediate to cold conditions with a dry winterrest.

Lycaste lasioglossa Rchb.f.

It's a very easily to identifie Lycaste-species (section Deciduosae subsection Xanthantae).
The flowers are large, sepals and petals brown, lip is yellos and very hairy. The species comes from Guatemala and South Mexico. This species is not deciduous, prefers cold culture.

Lycaste x michelii Oakeley

A natural hybrid between Lyc. lasioglossa, from which it has the furry lip, and Lyc. cochleata. I grow this plant temperate-cold with a severe dry winterrest.
Lycaste luminosa Oakeley

A rare Lycaste-species of the subsection Paradeciduosae from unknown origin. About 1990 few plants (4?) have been found in an nursery stock labeled as Lycaste candida. In my experience the plants grow well in temperate to cold conditions but temperate might be the best for them, dry winterrest is needed.
Lycaste candida Lindley

A Lycaste-
species of the subsection Paradeciduosae from Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. It's best to grow this plant in temperate to temperate/warm conditions. A dry and clear winterrest is a must.
Lycaste tricolor Klotzsch

A Lycaste-species of the subsection Paradeciduosae from Costa Rica and Panama. Prefers a temperate/warm to warm climate and heavy watering during the growing season. A dry winterrest is not necessary.
Genus Lycaste Lindley: species in section Macrophyllae Fowlie
Lycaste dowiana
                Endress & Rchb.f.

A Lycaste which produces small flowers. Can be found from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and South America. Culture: temperate, no specific dry winterrest.
Lycaste xytriophora
                  Linden & Rchb.f.

A species from Ecuador wich may have spines on the top of the bulbs. This is exceptional in this section. I grow my plants cold and/or temperate without specific dry winterrest.
Lycaste leucantha Klotzsch

A Lycaste species from Costa Rica and northern Panama. I grow this species in intermediate conditions, the compost never drys out.
Lycaste powellii Schltr.

A beautiful A beautiful epiphytic
Lycaste-species from Panama where it grows in a warm and rather dry climate. I grow this Lycaste with my Phalaenopsis-plants.
Lycaste skinneri (Bateman ex Lindley) Lindley

As you can see, Lycaste skinneri is very variable. An impressionant Lycaste species from Guatemala and Mexico. The plants must have cold culture conditions, the compost may best not dry out at all and they tollerate a lot of light altough in nature they grow in very misty conditions and dense shade.