Prosthechea cochleata

Prosthechea cochleata

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Laeliinae
Genus: Prosthechea
Species: Psh. cochleata
Binomial name
Prosthechea cochleata
(L.) W. E. Higgins 1997

Prosthechea cochleata is an epiphytic orchid from the genus Prosthechea


Plant can bloom at anytime of the year with several 8.75 cm wide flowers. People have been known to eat the cooked psuedobulbs.


Plant is found in the evergreen and deciduous forest of Florida, USA to north coast of South America at elevations to 1900 meters.


Plants grow in intermediate to warm conditions and can be grown in medium size fir bark with perlite. Plant prefers drying periods between watering and bright light is recommended. Lengthen drying period a bit in the winter.


Prosthechea cochleata alba Prosthechea cochleata var. alba Sepals and petals are white. Lip is white.
Prosthechea cochleata1 Prosthechea cochleata variant Sepals and petals are white. Lip is pink.


Common Names: Clamshell Prosthechea,Cockle Shell Prosthechea, Octopus Orchid


  1. Aulizeum cochleatum [L.] Lindley 1892
  2. Encyclia cochleata [L.] Lemee 1955
  3. Encyclia lancifolia (Pav. ex Lindl.) Dressler & G.E. Pollard 1971 *Epidendrum cochleatum L. 1763
  4. Epidendrum cochleatum var. costaricense Schltr. 1923
  5. Epidendrum cochleatum var. pallidum Lindl.
  6. Epidendrum lancifolium Pav. ex Lindl. 1853
  7. Hormidium cochleatum [L.] Breiger 1977
  8. Phaedrosanthus cochleatus O.Ktze. 1904
  9. Anacheilium cochleatum Hoffmannsegg. 1842
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