(pronounced: lye-koh-MOR-mee-um)


Maxillarieae subtribe Stanhopeinae

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Large caespitose terrestrials or epiphytes. Pseudobulbs large, ovoid. Leaves 2--3, lanceolate-elliptic, petiolate, plicate. Inflorescences basal, pendent to suberect short, scapose, densely-flowered racemes. Flowers globose, fleshy. Dorsal sepal and petals free, the lateral sepals fused to the column foot. Lip three-lobed, saccate, the lateral lobes large, erect, the midlobe small, fleshy, lobulate. Column stout, fleshy, thickened at the base, with an elongate curved foot; pollinia 2, club-shaped, grooved, sessile on a common viscidium.


A genus of five species in South America; closely allied to Peristeria W. J. Hook.

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Fernandez Perez, A. 1974. Una nueva especie en un genero no registrado antes para Colombia. Orquideologia 9:145-146.

Schweinfurth, C. 1943. A new South American Lycomormium. Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 12(4):134-136.

Sweet, H. R. 1974. Orquideas Andinas poco conocida, X. Lycomormium Rchb.f. Orquideologia 9:183-199.