Monday, August 12, 2013

Anacheilium cochleatum var alba

Anacheilium cochleatum var alba - Flower photo by Richard LindbergAnacheilium cochleatum var alba - Flower photo by Richard LindbergAnacheilium cochleatum var alba - Plant photo by Richard LindbergOne of the good side-effects of my summer collection reduction project is looking closely at all my plants. Some plants just don't call attention to themselves, and this was one. It had not bloomed for several years and was growing very slowly.

Anacheilium 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.

This plant is potted in sphagnum over peanuts in a 3-inch clay pot. There are four pseudobulbs and stands five inches above the pot.

I have marked this one a collection plant and re-potted. It will go into the outside growing area for the summer and I hope it will bloom again. They are very interesting flowers.

4 comments:

  1. Really very interesting...Thanks for sharing...

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  2. Reminds me of my Encyclia Cochleata.

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    1. It is the same species, different name. There have been a lot of name changes due to academic argument and genetic advances. This 'alba' is just the same without pigment.

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