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Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Prosthechea cochleata

The unusual flower petals and sepals dangle like an octopus’ tentacles making the orchid look like a a five legged octopus and the shape and lines across the lip (labellum) resemble a shell. The name Prosthechea is taken from the Greek for appendage (prostheke)

Prosthechea cochleata - Octopus orchid,  Clam shell or Cockle Shell orchid, it is the national flower of Belize in Central America, where it is called the ‘Black Orchid’.

Detail of my A spongy home for this octopus orchid design

Common name:

Octopus orchid, Clam shell or Cockle Shell orchid, it is the national flower of Belize in Central America, where it is called the ‘Black Orchid’.

Origin:

Central America, the West Indies, Colombia, Venezuela, and southern Florida

Colors:

The orchid petals and sepals are lime green and the lip has maroon to purple. patterns and stripes and spots.

Varieties:

There are various varieties cultivated. This Prosthechea cochleata is grown by orchid lovers around the world where the Prosthechea cochleata var. triandra is an endangered variety in the wild of Florida.

Vase life:

4 days in good conditions. As a plant it can bloom for up to 6 months usually starting in spring

Scent:

Slight floral scent

Uses:

It is a small focal flower (no more that 8.75 cm) and not commonly available as a cut flower.

Conditioning:

As you would Cattleya orchids. Do not refrigerate as the flowers can not tolerate cold. They are also sensitive to ethylene gas so keep away from fruits and vegetables. As a plant: Water and mist throughout the year. Less so when plants are not growing. Prefers light during the winter months and shade in the summer. Protect the buds against mealy bug infestation.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.

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