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Useful Tropical Plants

Prosthechea cochleata

(L.) W.E.Higgins

Orchidaceae

+ Synonyms

Anacheilium cochleatum (L.) Hoffmanns.

Encyclia cochleata (L.) Dressler

Epidendrum cochleatum L.

Common Name: Cockle Orchid

Prosthechea cochleata
Flowers
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General Information

Prosthechea cochleata is an epiphytic, perennial orchid. It has a pseudobulb 9 - 20cm long from which leaves 20 - 30cm long are produced and a flowering scape 20 - 50cm long[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].
The pseudobulbs are sometimes harvested from the wild as a source of mucilage[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.

Range

Northern S. America - Colombia to Guyana, north to Mexico, the Caribbean and Florida.

Habitat

An epiphytic plant, also frequently found on rocks in the open or in thickets and woodlands at elevations from 200 - 1,200 metres[
426
Title
Flowering Plants of Jamaica
Publication
 
Author
Adams. C.D.
Publisher
University of the West Indies; Jamaica.
Year
1972
ISBN
 
Description
A terse treatment of the flowering plants of Jamaica, with a botanical description of each plant, notes on habitat etc.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *
Other Uses Rating *
HabitPerennial
Height0.40 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The pseudobulbs provide an edible mucilage like that of okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The pseudobulbs are used as a source of mucilage[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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