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Prosthechea cochleata (Linnaeus) W.E. Higgins var. triandra (Ames) W.E. Higgins. clade: clade H. Florida Clamshell Orchid. Phen: (Jul-) Sep-May (-Jun). Hab: Epiphytic on trees in swamps, tropical hammocks, and mangroves. Dist: Endemic to FL. Var. cochleata is more widespread, occurring in the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, and n. South America.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Other Comments: Diaspis boisduvalii (a widespread tropical scale), can affect plants of this species (and other Orchidaceae and Arecaceae) in s. FL (Ray et al. 2012).

Synonymy: = FNA26, K3, K4, Brown (2002); = Anacheilium cochleatum (L.) Hoffmansegg var. triandrum (Ames) Sauleda – S, illegitimate; = Encyclia cochleata (L.) Dressler var. triandra (Ames) Dressler ex Luer – Luer (1975); = Epidendrum cochleatum L. var. triandrum Ames – Correll (1950); < Epidendrum cochleatum L. – S13; < Prosthechea cochleata (L.) W.E.Higgins – WH3, WI

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image of plant© Keith Bradley | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Prosthechea cochleata, Cathedral area, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Collier County, Florida 3 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷


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