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Cockleshell Orchid or Clamshell Orchid

Prosthechea cochleata


Small orchid, yellow, white and deep purple. On the ground in a shady area of a garden. The flowers are very striking and last several weeks. Previously known as Encyclia cochleata. The last picture was taken on January 9th 2014.


Semi-urban area on the outskirts of San Cristobal de Las Casas, 2,200 meters.


This orchid is also the national flower of Belize, where it is known as the Black Orchid. See a specimen of this orchid blooming in the wild in Campeche, Mexico:

1 Species ID Suggestions

Encyclia orchid
Encyclia (=Prosthechea) cochleata Prosthechea cochleata

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LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Thank you Juan for your identification. I love knowing what it is!

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Thank you Ismael.

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 8 years ago

Such a beautiful orchid

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Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Nov 6, 2012
Submitted on Nov 7, 2012

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