Orchid (Lycaste macrophylla)

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Illustration of Lycaste macrophylla by Angela Mirro

Species: Lycaste macrophylla
Common Name: Orchid
Status: CITES, Appendix II
Range: Central America, South America

Map of South America illustrating the range of Lycaste macrophylla

Artist: Angela Mirro
Artist Home Country: United States
Medium: Watercolor

Lycaste orchids grow on tree branches or rocky outcrops, and this species is found in mid-elevation cloud forests from Nicaragua through Bolivia. Continuing logging and agricultural conversions are reducing the area of this type of forest.

A specimen of Orchid (Lycaste macrophylla) from the museum's herbarium collection:

National Herbarium preserved specimen of Lycaste macrophylla