Ornithidium coccineum is a fairly easy orchid that blooms abundantly with little red flowers.
Ornithidium coccineum is an orchid of average size, usually epiphytic and sometimes terrestrial.
It forms a rhizome with small, ovoid pseudobulbs each carrying 1 leaf.
The leaves are 30 cm or longer, bright green, sword-shaped, grooved, with swollen base.
From the leaf axils appear clusters of flower stalks of 6.5 cm, each bearing 1 small red flower of about 1 cm, usually scarlet, sometimes orange.
The flowers never open fully so that they resemble small tulips. Flowering takes place in autumn and winter.
Camaridium coccineum, Cymbidium coccineum, Epidendrum coccineum, Maxillaria coccinea, Ornithidium acaule
Ornithidium: from the Greek órnis (bird) and -idiom (diminutive suffix)
Coccineum: from the Latin coccineus (scarlet)
Caribbean, Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil
Primary forest at altitudes of 500-1,000 m
Day temperature: 20-30 °C
Night temperature: 13-16 °C
Light, no direct sunlight
Keep the substrate moist all year
Mounted on cork or bark or in hanging basket filled with coconut fiber or coarse bark with sphagnum
Specialized orchid fertilizer, twice a month
Only when the roots have grown too big
By division in the spring, when repotting.
- Ornithidium coccineum: Own work