The clamshell orchid (Encyclia cochleata) belongs to Orchidaceae (the Orchid family). It is an evergreen herb that is native to Central America, the West Indies, Colombia, Venezuela, and southern Florida. It is an epiphytic orchid and grows on tree trunks and branches in damp forests. The pseudobulb is oblong discoid and bears 1-3 thin, keeled leaves. The flowers are non-resupinate (Flowers don't rotate at 180 degree when blooming). The sepals and petals are yellow-green with a few purple spots at the base. The uppermost part of the lip is broadly cordate and concave, purple to brown in color with veins radiating from the base.