Lycaste cochleata

Lycaste cochleata

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Maxillarieae
SubTribe: Lycastinae
Genus: Lycaste
Species: Lyc. cochleata
Binomial name
Lycaste cochleata
Lindl. & Paxton 1850-1

Lycaste cochleata is a plant belonging to the orchid genus Lycaste.


Plants are found growing in the mangrove swamps and rainforest of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua at elevations of 0 to 1000 meters


Plant blooms from summer to fall with a single 5 cm wide flower. Flowers are fragrant.


Grow in diffused bright light and keep in cool to warm temperatures. Keep humidity from 40 to 70%. Water regularly during growing season. The potting media should be a little moist in between waterings. To prevent rot, avoid water from touching leaves. Reduce watering during the winter. Pot plants in 75% fine bark and 25% perlite or in full sphagnum moss.


Common Name:The Shell-Shaped Anther Lycaste


  1. Lycaste cochleata var major Oakley 2008
  2. Maxillaria cochleata (Lindl. & Paxton) Beer 1854

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