Cockleshell Orchid, Clamshell Orchid


Encyclia cochleata

Growth HabitsTighly clustered egg-shaped pseudo bulbs with flexible foliage

Growth DifficultyEasy (given the proper sunlight)

Growth PeriodApril – September


Medium Sized, flowers slightly resemble a squid

Upright, bushy, frequently covered in moss or algae

Medium Sized

Fun Facts

Found only in Everglades

Very hard to see in native habitat

Right Plant, Right Host, Right Conditions

At The Kampong, there are standards on how to properly care for and grow your orchids in South Florida. This Step-by-Step guide will teach you how to ensure your orchid is happy and healthy within your home.

Right Plant

Owner should be informed of growing season. 

Must Haves: Velcro Tape, Green tie Tape

Growing Tips – Take care to avoid covering the pseudo bulbs or leaves

Right Host

Prefers rough bark trees such as: Oak, Mango, Mahogany, & Avocado

Less optimal with smooth bark or surface areas such as: Ficus, Solitaire Palm, Royal Palm, & Gumbo Limbo

Recommended Minimum Size: 5”-6” tall, 3 pseudobulbs minimum, 3/8-1/2” diameter

Right Conditions

Prefers morning or later afternoon sun area with mid-afternoon shade

Less optimal with deep shade, continuous all-year moisture, &  decomposed mounting medium

Semi-weekly watering

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