Sophronitis pygmaea ( Pabst ) Withner 1993 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of Oliver Lenhard and his Orchideen Website

Part shadeWarm to Cool Spring

Common Name The Pygmy Sophronitis

Flower Size 3/4"+ [2 cm]

Found in Espirito Santo State of Brazil at elevations of 915 to 1067 meters as a miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte in tropical rainforests of the Serra Do Mar with high humidity and medium light and temps of 45F to 85F and should never be allowed to completely dry out.

This species is also related to S coccinea along with S acuensis and is in the northern most range of Sophronitis.

Synonyms Cattleya coccinea subsp. pygmaea (Pabst) W.Forst. 2013; Cattleya pygmaea (Pabst) Van den Berg 2008; Hadrolaelia pygmaea ( Pabst ) Chiron & V.P.Castro 2002; Sophronitis coccinea subsp. pygmaea Pabst 1976; Sophronitis mantiqueirae var. pygmaea (Pabst) Fowlie 1987

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Pabst & Dungs Band I 1975 as S coccinea var pygmaea drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 3 1985 as S coccinea var pygmaeadrawing ok; 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 as S coccinea var pygmaea; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 6 1996 photo; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 4 2000 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 ; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 5 2004 photo fide; Orchidees Du Bresil As Orchideas da Serra Do Castello Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 as Hadrolaelia grandis drawing/photo fide