Chysis laevis

Chysis laevis

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Arethuseae
SubTribe: Bletiinae
Genus: Chysis
Species: Chy. laevis
Binomial name
Chysis laevis
Lindl. 1840

Chysis laevis is a species in the genus Chysis.


Plant blooms from spring to summer with five to ten pendant flowers. Flowers are 4.1 cm wide and fragrant It is distinguishable from Chysis tricostata as it has five raised white ridges on the labellum.


Plant is found growing in the cloud forest of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama at elevations of 0 to 1700 meters


The plants should be in moderate light and intermediate temperatures. The plants can be potted in a well drain mix such as coconut husk or tree fern fibers or mounted. The plants should be watered and fed heavily while they are in active growth, and watering should be reduced during the winter during the resting period. They should never be allowed to completely dry out, however, even during the rest period, and the pseudobulbs should never be seen to shrivel.


Chysis laevis yellow Chysis laevis variant Sepals and petals are yellow, lip is yellow with orange lines


Common Names: The Smooth Chysis


  1. Chysis makoyi Heynh., 1846.
  2. Chysis nietana Gojon Sánchez, 1930.

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