Welcome to OrchidsForum.com. We are a friendly online community for Orchid Growers all over the world. If you haven't joined yet we invite you to register and join our community. Hope to see you on our forums!

Sophronitis cernua - different color?

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by KellyW, Dec 31, 2011.

Tags:
  1. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,537
    Likes Received:
    2,319
    Location:
    Redding, California, USA
    This species has been posted a lot but I'm posting this because it isn't as brightly colored as many that I've seen here. Is this an unusual coloration or normal? I like it regardless. Grown very bright.
    Sophronitis cernua-640.jpg
     
    Kipper likes this.
  2. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,515
    Likes Received:
    420
    Location:
    U.S.A
    I can't see the difference compared to the other ones posted here lately. Maybe the lighting...
     
  3. Antknee

    Antknee New Member

    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NorthCental FL
    From the foliage color I can see where it certainly is being grown in bright light. From what I know, the blooms can be orange to
    red-orange, so I'd say they fall right in the ball park of what they should look like.
    Antknee
     
  4. gnathaniel

    gnathaniel Lurker Supporting Member

    Messages:
    784
    Likes Received:
    36
    Location:
    Athens GA, USA
    Looks pretty similar to mine. Your picture has an overall bluish cast, that may be toning down the warm colors.
     
  5. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,733
    Likes Received:
    534
    Location:
    Oak Island NC
    Don't forget that temperature can also effect color development, especially reds.
     
  6. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,537
    Likes Received:
    2,319
    Location:
    Redding, California, USA
    I didn't know. In what way?
     
  7. This_guy_Bri

    This_guy_Bri weirdo

    Messages:
    868
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    here
    cooler temps, deeper reds, i believe
     
  8. Tom-DE

    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,515
    Likes Received:
    420
    Location:
    U.S.A
    While cool temperature affects the color for some orchid species, it is not necessary true for this species. I grow mine cool and warm and I can't say the color is different...

    There are two varieties for Sophronitis cernua. One is from low land and the other is from higher alt. The low land variety called "var. littoreana" has orange flowers while the high land variety called "var. mineira" has dark red-orange flowers. Although higher elevation means cooler temperature...I believe there are some built-in genetic factors for the high-land ones.
    PS, red is not the easy color to capture IMO. Lighting and photo shop editing can alter the actual color too.
     
  9. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,537
    Likes Received:
    2,319
    Location:
    Redding, California, USA
    Bri and Tom, thanks for the info. Mine is what I would call "salmon" color... certainly more orange than red. I did have to adjust the color in Photo Shop to get it close to the real color because reds are tough for my camera. By getting the bloom color correct everything else has the bluish cast as mentioned by gnathaniel.