June 11, 2014

Sophronitis acuensis

Sophronitis acuensis is a species from Brazil, as are all the species in the genus.  It is now reclassified as Cattleya, but by any name is colorful and desirable.  Its flowers are slightly smaller than the better known Sophronitis coccinea and the plant is much smaller, the individual growths only 4 cm tall, smaller than the 5 cm flowers.  My plant is mounted on a moss covered branch and receives very high light.  Like the other Sophronitis species it prefers cooler temperatures.

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