Orchids Sophronitis coccinea
In addition to representative forms, small orchids have also been enjoying growing popularity recently. The one on side 21 in front of posed adorable Tom Thumb, but above all its relatively large-flowered "sister", Sophronitis coccinea, have become gems in the collectors' collections. The home of 7 Species comprehensive epiphytic genus is Brazil.
In Sophronitis coccinea the up to arise 7 cm long, oblong-tongue-shaped, leathery leaves singularly the spindle-shaped, relatively small, in a short time, creeping rhizome sessile bulbs. Its single flowers appear between November and March and inspire every viewer with their wonderful coloring. In our species the flower size is 5 to 8 cm, that of S. cernua nur 1 to 3 cm.
The bright scarlet red of the flowers gives rise to it again and again, S. Use coccinea as a cross partner £ it, with the aim of, their blaze of color on a large-flowered Cattleya, Cattleya or Laeliocattleya (Laelia x Cattleya) transferred to. The Sophro hybrids that come closest to the breeding ideas of a red Cattleya are probably Sophrolaeliocattleya Falcon "Alexandri" and Sic. Falcon „Westonbirt“, awarded the highest honors by the American Orchid Society and the Orchid Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society. In England and America the predicates "First Class Certificate" are awarded for excellent breeding (F. C. C. =” Certificate of value 1. class), „Award of Merit“ (A.M. = Certificate of value 2. class) und „High Class Certificate“ (H. C. C. = Certificate of value 3. class) forgive.