PROSTHECHEA COCHLEATA, formerly known as ENCYCLIA COCHLEATA,
ANACHEILIUM COCHLEATUM, and EPIDENDRUM COCHLEATUM and commonly
referred to as the CLAMSHELL ORCHID or COCKLESHELL ORCHID, is an
epiphytic , sympodial New World orchid native to
Central America , the
Each oblong discoid pseudobulb bears one or two linear nonsucculent
leaves. The flowers are unusual in that though the labellum is usually
below the column in the orchids, in the members of
P. cochleata is common in cultivation, and is valued for its uniquely
shaped and long-lasting flowers on continually growing racemes .
Several hybrids have been produced with this species, including the
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