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Wild Florida Photo - Prosthechea cochleata - Clamshell orchid

Prosthechea cochleata var. triandra

Clamshell orchid
Florida cockleshell orchid

Synonym(s): Encyclia cochleata

Florida native

Endangered Florida species

Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, Collier Co. FL 12/21/03
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, Collier Co. FL 12/21/03
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, Collier Co. FL 12/21/03
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, Collier Co. FL 12/21/03
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, Collier Co. FL 12/21/03

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An epiphytic orchid found in the southern peninsula of Florida. The range includes the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and northernmost South America.
Several flowers (frequently three) appear in a widely spaced raceme at the tip of a slender stalk that can be up to 40cm (15-3/4 in.) long from the apex of the pseudobulb. Each flower has yellowish-green, linear-lanceolate petals and sepals that are similar-looking. These tepals may have purplish spots near their bases. The lip is distinctive, uppermost, concave and broadly cordate, purple to brown with prominent lines radiating outward from the base. The interesting flowers can appear year-round, but blooming occurs more heavily from September through May. Pseudobulbs are a compressed ovoid up to 15.6cm (6 in.) long and 3.8cm (1-1/2 in.) wide. One to three linear-lanceolate keeled leaves appear from the tip of the pseudobulb. Leaves are from 5cm to 30cm long and 1cm to 5cm wide (2-12 in x 4/10-2 in.).

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Prosthechea cochleata is a member of the Orchidaceae - Orchid family.


Date record last modified: Sep 20, 2020


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