Sophronitis acuensis Fowlie 1975 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Common Name The Acu Sophronitis [A mountain in Brazil]

Flower Size 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm]

Found in southeastern Brazil on Acu Mountain in the Organ Mountains at 1800 to 2100 meters as a miniature sized [even smaller in plant and flower than S coccinea from which it is probably derived], cool to cold growing epiphyte on scrubby mossy trees along creeks in ravines of the dry western slopes occuring in full sun but with great air circulation that blooms in the fall in nature with erect to nearly prostreate, subglobose to narrowly ovoid to ellipsoid, somtemes slightly curved, rugulose pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly oblong to ovate, acute to apiculate, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms on a terminal, .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Cattleya acuensis (Fowlie) Van den Berg 2008; Hadrolaelia acuensis (Fowlie) Chiron & V.P.Castro 2002; Sophronitis coccinea var acuensis hort

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978 as S coccinea var acuensis; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 3 1982 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 47 No 2 1983 photo fide; Orchid Digest 51 Vol 1 1987 photo fide Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 7 1993 photo fide; Orchids Australia Vol 12 No 6 2000 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 7 2003 photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 as Cattleya acuensis photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 78 #3 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #7 2016 as Cattleya acuensis photo fide;