This is Sophronitis cernua. It is native to Brazil, and it came into bloom this week. The flower buds emerge from a single, fleshy, heart-shaped leaf that splits open lengthwise, sort of like a pea pod. I think there will be six flowers.
This is the second time Sophronitis has bloomed for me. It lives with other miniature orchids on the windowsill above the kitchen sink. The flowers are a very intense red-orange, and you really have to see them in person to get the full effect.
Here’s another look at it. (Sorry about that gosh darn sun!)
And this is Ascocentrum pumilum. It hails from Taiwan, where it grows on tree trunks at elevations of up to 6,000 feet. It prefers cooler temperatures, and has been in flower for nearly a month, peacefully sharing the windowsill with Sophronitis.
This is another easy-to-grow miniature with intensely-colored flowers that have quite an impact because they grow in clusters. I like the foliage, too. It’s reed-like, but fleshy at the same time.
My orchids are so cheery this time of year.
Merry Christmas, dear readers. I wish you all the happiest of holidays.