Flying bird? Incredible insect? Angel from above? The wonderful flowers of this Cochleanthes have a power to captivate. Its large white and purple blooms can be 4 inches (10 cm) tall.

Cochleanthes flowerClose up of Cochleanthes flower lipCochleanthes flower

This species is native to a vast area of the Amazon Rainforest, across Brazil, Suriname, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. The flowers may look delicate, but they’re thick and waxy, and can hold up for months. This type typically blooms in fall and winter.

Purple veins on Cochleanthes flower lipCochleanthes flowerFrilly lip of Cochleanthes flower

Thin leaves without pseudobulbs mean this orchid has little capability to store water. It needs daily watering and high humidity. Mine grows in shady conditions, and receives only a little morning sun. The name is easier to figure out than the captivating flower shape; to pronounce Cochleanthes, say “coke-lee-ANN-these.”

Cochleanthes flowers and leavesCochleanthes flower from aboveClose up of Cochleanthes flower lip

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8 Comments on “Cochleanthes”

  1. Hanna at Orchid Care Says:

    I’ve had several Cochleanthes through the years and I never stop marveling at the delicate beauty of its blooms. Unfortunately, they never last more than 7 days. I guess I haven’t been effectively emulating the Amazon rainforest environment which they love.

    As a matter of fact, it looks like one of them will unfurl its glorious flowers any day now.

  2. May Tran Says:

    Gorgeous flowers! Thanks for your post.

  3. Rodger Santana Says:

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  4. nancy Says:

    Love it! Those are very pretty flowers. Thanks for the great post.

  5. floristklf Says:

    Wonderful Flowers! They look like real angels to me!

  6. bkcole828 Says:

    Really interesting flower, keep up the good work!

  7. NellieFROST33 Says:

    Hi there. These are just beautiful. Gorgeous photos. Thanks for the post.

  8. Taylor McElhattan Says:

    Quite intriguing information !Perfect just what I was seeking for!