Ida costata plate
Ida costata from
Lindenia Iconographie des Orchidées

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Maxillarieae
SubTribe: Lycastinae
Genus: Ida
A. Ryan & Oakeley 2003
Type Species
Ida locusta

Ida is a genus containing around 34 species.


The 34 species of Ida occur in South America or in the Caribbean Islands (Ida barringtoniae), while true Lycastes occur mostly in Mexico and Central America. The members of this genus are mainly epiphytes and terrestrials.


Henry Oakeley and Angela Ryan split off most of the Lycaste species of section Fimbriatae to form the new genus Ida.


Plants are usually grown in medium light with cool to warm temperatures. Use a mix of 75% fine fir bark with 25% perlite or use full sphagnum moss. Water regularly. Watering should be done when potting mix just begins to dry. Plants prefer high humidity. They need a two to three week dry rest in the late winter. Resume water and fertilizer when new growth appears.


Ryan and Oakeley were encouraged to choose "Ida" as an appropropriate partner for Lindley's 'beautiful woman' in naming the genus because "Ida the mythological Cretan hunter from a band of virgin warriors that included another Lycaste [a beautiful women] (no releative), led by Latonia, Queen of the woods and stars, in a search for wild animals (Claudian). The description of these ladies "... beautiful though unadorned; red their cheeks, dusty and suffused with sweat; their fierce virginity betrays not their sex; disordered their hair; girdles twain prevent their dresses flowing down below their knees".

Species Edit

Natural HybridsEdit

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.