Sophronitis – Orchids

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Sophronitis –

There are 8 small, evergreen, epiphytic or lithophytic orchids, in this genus. They naturally occur from Eastern Brazil and Paraguay, at medium altitudes 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, red or violet flowers are born singly, or in short stemmed racemes of up to 8 flowers, at any time of year. The plants resemble miniature Cattleyas, and will interbreed with them and other related genera to produce brilliantly colored hybrids, such as Sophrolaeliocattleyas.

Cool growing orchids (see chart below). Grow in epiphytic orchid potting mix in small containers or wooden slatted baskets, or epiphytically on bark. In growth, provide bright indirect light, water moderately, and maintain high humidity, apply a half strength balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. In winter, admit full light and water more sparingly.

Prone to spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs.