This photograph is of four plants of Sophronitis coccinea presented for Award Judging at the D.O.G. Conference, Dresden, Germany March 2004. A well known miniature species and well used by
Described 1836 by J. Lindley as Cattleya coccinea from specimen collected by M.E. Descourtilz coll-ecting in the mountains separating Bananal from Ilha Grande Brazil. Was transferred to Sophronitis by H.G. Reichenbach during 1864.
Pseudobulbs are small, densely clustered 1-2cm. long x 12mm.-18mm. broad, unifoliate at the apex; leaf 2-2.5cm. long x 1-1.8cm. broad; inflorescence erect 2-5cm. - 2-5 flowered. Fleshy flowers are usually a rich scarlet-red with a yellow suffusion at the base of the lip. A very showy orchid.
Rows equally well mounted on bark, tree-fern or hardwood raft with I little sphagnum moss or similar moisture retentive element. If potted small pieces of bark or dynorock with a moisture retentive element affording good drainage.
A cool growing area is ideal and a North facing aspect with good light (not direct sun-light) are beneficial, along with good air movement and humidity.