The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Orchidaceae.

Sophronitis coccinea
Sophronitis Genus of 7 species of miniature, evergreen, epiphytic or lithophytic orchids from E. Brazil and Paraguay, found in humid, shady cloud forest. They have small, elongated to oval, often clustered pseudobulbs, each with a single leathery, ovate to elliptic or oblong, purple-tinted, dark green leaf. Richly colored flowers are borne singly, or in short-stemmed racemes of up to 8 flowers, at any time of year.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Cool-growing orchids. Grow in epiphytic orchid potting mix in small containers, or epiphytically on bark. Provide bright indirect light and high humidity. Water freely all year, sparingly in winter. Divide when the plant overflows the container.
Sophronitis cernua Lindl.
Has leaves that are roughly heart- shaped, 1" long, very succulent and attached to a short stem. The blooms are small, 1/2-3/4", very orange, with the anther cap being purple. This species seems to prefer to be mounted on cork bark or a hardwood stick. It is not necessary to use sphagnum or osmunda padding around the roots. Flowers appear in November-February. Sophronitis cernua Lindl.
Sophronitis coccinea (Lindl.) Rdhb. f.
This plant is used a lot in hybridizing to bring out reds and oranges in the progeny. Comes from Brazil and likes it bright and on the cooler side of intermediate. Plant is a vigorous grower. Very easy culture. Although a small plant, it amazes the eye when covered in bloom, commanding attention that far belies its size, a miniature giant that well deserves its accolades. Flowers appear in November-March. Sophronitis coccinea (Lindl.) Rdhb. f.

User-submitted additions and corrections:

12th May 2006
growing sophronitis coccinea is not beginners orchid . sophronitis cernua is much more easy to grow.
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