Lycaste cochleata Lindl. & Paxton 1850-1 SECTION Aromaticae Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower? L consobrina Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

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Common Name The Shell-Shaped Anther Lycaste

Flower Size under 2" [under 5 cm]

A medium sized, cold to warm growing epiphyte or lithophyte from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua in mangrove swamps, and montane rainforests at elevations of sealevel to 1000 meters with ovoid to pyriform, compressed, sulcate pseudobulbs with 2 to 3 apical spines after leaf fall and subtended by scarious bracts with 2 to 3 plicate, deciduous, apical, oblong-elliptic, acute to acuminate leaves blooming on a 6" [15 cm]long inflorescence, with inflated papery bracts, arising on a mature pseudobulb as the new growth appears with small, scented flowers held well below the leaves, all occurring in the summer and fall.

Synonyms Lycaste cochleata var major Oakley 2008; Maxillaria cochleata (Lindl. & Paxton) Beer 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Genus Lycaste Fowlie 1970; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo ok; Orchid Digest Vol 42 No 6 1978 photo fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 828 Dodson 1983 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 4 1986 photo; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 57 Hagsater and Salazar 1990 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 3 1991; Die Orchideen lieferung 29 Schlechter/Brieger 1994; Orchid Digest Vol 71-74 2007 Oakley; Lycaste, Ida and Anguloa The Essential Guide Oakley 2008

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