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    It does appear to be a cochleata, and yes it has suffered through a dizzying array of names.

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    i'm not sure if cochleata really has a scent usually...? i've found no mention of it being fragrant, and a few saying it is not. but green hornet is noted to be fragrant... this one is most fragrant in bright light. only a residual scent in the evening. all the pictures i find of cochleata and the one i had years ago had larger plants and larger flowers. also darker, curly flowers. i hear of a dwarf form of cochleata, but i cannot find pictures, but i'm still guessing this to be a hybrid.

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    Hi. I bought this encyclia cochleata as a baby five years ago. Imagine my surprise when I discovered the flower spike this morning! I live it Northern Virginia and keep it and all my other orchids outside from around Mother's Day to Halloween. They're on the East side of the house in the shade except for a little bit of indirect sun first thing in the morning. My other orchids are Phaleonopsis and don't bloom until the fall after I bring them inside. Should I leave this guy out? It seems very healthy and happy, I don't want to ruin the flowering.

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    i would leave it with your phals outside until you bring them in for the winter. i'm in socal, and left mine outside all winter. they should be similar to cymbidiums temperature-wise. good growing!

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    I actually know the name of this orchid! I've taken photos of it at a conservatory I do research at. Unfortunately that's on my work computer... But I'll get back to you once I have a chance to find it

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    Hmm... I'm not sure I have taken photos of exactly this type of orchid, but here are two similar ones with photos and names!
    Encyclia Green Hornet (one parent is Encyclia cochleatum...or as it is now known prosthechea cochleata)
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    And the next photo is of Prosthechea cochleata, which is possibly the same species as your orchid! It's genus keeps getting changed around (formerly known as Encyclia cochleata, Anacheilium cochleatum, and Epidendrum cochleatum).
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    I think yours looks like the second here, so you are probably right about the species! Of course it could always be some sort of cross.
    Anyways interesting orchid, and possibly beetle pollinated.

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    the plants grew in much larger this year, and i can hardly stand waiting for new blooms! but since the plant is a bit stronger now, maybe the flowers will be larger also? in my research i also found that 'green hornet' is a hybrid of cochleata and another plant that was once considered separate (it is scented), but is now a variety of cochleata, so regardless, it is a cochleata, but could be a green hornet... mine looked like your first photo when they just began to open, so it could be it too... if you look at the size of the hood compared to the column inside it, the cochleata seems to have a much larger hood... but the blooms this year might be larger so it's a waiting game.

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    i'm just guessing but yours looks a bit larger than mine, flowerwise at least, the petals appear longer and are twisty, and the lip is larger, and the bulbs look more rounded and plump, mine seem flatter. so yours is probably cochleata... does it have any scent at all? especially in the morning with bright light? mine has a strong scent. an odd scent too. it would get up to 3 flowers open at once, but a lovely heatwave finally choked off the budding. i hear in cooler weather the same stem can flower for a very long time.

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    I never noticed any scent - but then it's been inside since blooming which started in late October and not very much bright light. I did have multiple flowers at once, which was nice, but now it's done. Maybe next season I'll get more.

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