Sunday, September 9, 2012

Anacheilium cochleatum

Anacheilium cochleatum - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have more plants without tags then I would like to have. It is my own problem, I don't stick to my rule of finishing the work on a plant before starting on the next. That includes the paperwork, important for a collection the size of the one I have. "I'll remember what that is and tag it later" will not do. This is one of those. I knew I had an Anacheilium cochleatum, but couldn't tell that this was it until it bloomed.

Anacheilium cochleatum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergAnacheilium cochleatum grows from Florida to the north coast of South America. It is a medium sized epiphyte that requires even water and fertilizer throughout the year. The genus Anacheilium (Ahl) contains 59 species growing from Mexico through northern South America. These are the cockleshell orchids. They were separated from Encyclia for technical reasons.

Anacheilium cochleatum - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThis plant is in rock in a 3 1/2-inch plastic pot. There are six pseudobulbs and the plant stands six inches above the pot. There is not quite enough room for the new growth to mature but it is barely large enough to divide. I will just up-pot it to a 4-inch pot so it can get bigger.

This species is a great "beginner" plant. It grows well indoors and has successive flowers. There will be a couple of flowers open for several months or longer as the spike gets longer and develops more buds. In a well grown plant, the new generation will start blooming before the older one finishes.

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