Sophronitis brevipedunculata [Cogn.] Fowlie 1972

Plant in situ at elevation of 1300 meters on Vellozia tree

Plants and flowers on rock elevation 1100 meters - Ouro Branco, Minas Gerais Brazil

Flower Closeup Ouro Branco 1150 meters

The View Down From There Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another clone Photo by Mauro Peixoto Copyrighted and his Brazilian Plants Website


Common Name The Short-Stalked Sophronitis

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 3"+ [4 to 7.5 cm]

This is a Brazilian epiphytic, or lithophytic, cool growing, miniature orchid from Minas Gerais State and is found on vellozia trees or in humus pockets on the rocks below them in drier cool winter mountain habitats in scrub and cacti at elevations of 1220 to 2000 meters where their water comes mainly from the cloud cap on the high mountains at night and condensation with sulcate, globose to cylindrical pseudobulbs that are arranged in two ranks along the rhizome and carry a single, apical, erect, stiff, leathery, leaf that blooms in the late winter and spring in Brazil on a terminal, short to .4" [1 cm] long, solitary to 3 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Cattleya brevipedunculata (Cogn.) Van den Berg 2008; Hadrolaelia brevipedunculata ( Cogn. ) Chiron & V.P.Castro 2002; Sophronitis rosea var brevipedunculata [Cogn] Fowlie; *Sophronitis wittigiana var. brevipedunculata Cogn. 1902

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 36 No 5 1972 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 1 1973 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978 as S rosea var brevipedunculata AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978 as S cernua var brevipedunculata photo fide; AOS Bulletion Vol 51 No 5 1982; 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; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 4 1994 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 1 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 ; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 7 2003 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 4 2004 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 5 2004 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchidees Du Bresil As Orchideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 as Hadrolaelia brevipedunculata drawing/photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 as Cattleya brevipedunculata photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #10 2016 as Cattleya brevipedunculata photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 as Cattleya brevipedunculata photo fide;