!Constantia rupestris Barb.Rodr. 1877 Photo by Linda & Mikael Karlbom

Plant and Flower Photo by Lourens Grobler

Full shade Warm Cool Fall

Common Name The Rock Loving Constantia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Rio de Janiero state of Brazil as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing lithophyte with close set, squat, pear-shaped, strongly compressed pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, kidney-shaped, indented apically, cordate basally leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, .2" [1 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising through a small sheath.

Synonyms Sophronitis rupestris (Barb.Rodr.) Cogn. 1902

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing ok; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 3 Withner 1990 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Vol 1 Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photo fide