365 days of orchids – day 415 – Sophronitella violacea

A real February highlight is the flowering of this miniature orchid from Brazil. The flowers are 2.5cm across which is really rather large for this tiny species with 2cm pseudobulbs each topped by a single leaf.

The species is hummingbird pollinated and it shares many characteristics with its relative Cattleya coccinea also from the Mata Atlantica forests of Eastern Brazil. In cultivation we find it likes to grow cool and bright and enjoys really free draining conditions. We grow all our plants mounted and hanging high in the greenhouse where we spray plants daily.



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