Chysis bractescens is native to Mexico and South America (Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua). These widespread but rare plants are usually low on the slopes of the mountains towards the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean. This is a very adaptable species that will do well in a wide range of environment.
Chysis have foliage that is similar as Lycaste, Phaius, and should be protected from excess sunlight. It also require a rich almost semiterrestrial media, well drained, with lots of water and fertilizer when the new growths appear. Chysis is deciduous, and after the leaves fall, the plant should be dried out, with just sufficient water to prevent shrivelling of the bulbs. A repot into fresh media when new leads appear will promote robust growth and flowers.
Size: Near Blooming Sized
Growing conditions: Cool-Intermediate-Warm