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Cockleshell Orchid or Clamshell Orchid

Prosthechea cochleata

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/147....

1 Species ID Suggestions

Encyclia orchid
Encyclia (=Prosthechea) cochleata Prosthechea cochleata


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3 Comments

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

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

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Thank you Ismael.

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 8 years ago

Such a beautiful orchid

LaurenZarate
Spotted by
LaurenZarate

Chiapas, Mexico

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

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