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ophronitis coccinea is the best known species of a relatively small genus in the Laeliinae. Other well known species in the genus, as it is accepted for now, are Sophronitis wittigiana (S. rosea), S. brevipedunculata and S. cernua. Excluding Sophronitis cernua, the other species have quite similar growth habits that reflect basically adaptation to habitat conditions; also their flowers are extremely similar, except for the color.
Usual flower color is a very intense orange-red, sometimes more to the orange and sometimes to fire-engine red. Albino forms are getting more widespread these days by the means of mericloning or selfing, and have a very showy butter yellow color. On 3 we can see a good- shaped, typical jungle diploid form. Flower size is about 2" (4-5 cm.), but can be as large as 4" (10 cm.)