Madagascar is an amazing island that’s situated off the South East coast of Africa. Madagascar is a special place, it’s is home to a large number of interesting and amazing orchids, many of which are only found in this one special area of our planet.
In order to highlight the beauty of Madagascan orchids – and to raise awareness of the fragility of their home environment – I have planted a specialised, automated BiOrbAir terrarium from BiOrb with orchids that are endemic to Madagascar. These plants have all been sourced ethically from propagated specimens, and have not collected from the wild.
You’ll find the details of the nurseries and suppliers where I purchased the orchids, mosses, and cork for this terrarium from at the bottom of this planting list.
To learn more about Madagascar and the vital work in conservation and research that is being undertaken by the Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre (KMCC), a non-profit, non governmental organisation (NGO), please click here. To read the Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre (KMCC) blog, please click here.
Aerangis citrata is a miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to Madagascar, where it can be found growing in evergreen forests. Aerangis citrata grows well in a humid environment. This miniature orchid produces a pendant, flower stem that features up to thirty, small, fragrant, white flowers. Articles that mention Aerangis citrata: Beautiful Miniature Orchids to … Continue Reading →
Aerangis fastuosa is found in the eastern and central Madagascar highlands, between 900 and 1750m, this epiphytic orchid grows in a number of different natural habitats, from humid, evergreen forests, to mountain and coastal forests, where it flowers from July to December each year. Aerangis fastuosa produces white flowers, which are very large in comparison to the … Continue Reading →
Aerangis macrocentra can be found in Madagascar, where it grows low down, near ground level, as an epiphyte in mossy forests. Aerangis macrocentra produces long, pendant, many flowered inflorescences. You can see how this Aerangis macrocentra specimen is growing in my BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir (part six). This link takes you straight … Continue Reading →
Aerangis modesta is a small, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to Madagascar. This small sized orchid enjoys bright, filtered light, and high humidity. Articles that mention Aerangis modesta: Beautiful Miniature Orchids to Grow in Terrariums Planting List for Terrariums and Bottle Gardens The Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium The Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium (part two) The Madagascar Terrarium … Continue Reading →
Aerangis punctata can be found growing in central highland Madagascar, and also on the island nation of Reunion, at elevations between 900 and 1500m. Aerangis punctata is an epiphytic orchid. Aerangis punctata grows in humid evergreen forests and in highland forest and scrubland, where it can be found growing on shrubs and trees. In its native … Continue Reading →
In August 2014, I purchased an Aerangis fastuosa specimen online to grow inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, but when the plant arrived it didn’t look very much like an Aerangis fastuosa. I received a question from a reader in January 2016, who asked if my Aerangis fastuosa, might in fact be an Aerangis … Continue Reading →
Aeranthes arachnites is a small, epipytic orchid that originates from Madagascar and the Island of Reunion Aeranthes arachnites enjoys fairly bright, filtered light, warm temperatures, good air circulation, and high humidity. Aeranthes arachnites produces fragrant flowers which are borne on long, pendent flowering stems. Articles that mention Aeranthes arachnites: Beautiful Miniature Orchids to Grow in … Continue Reading →
Angraecum didieri is endemic to Madagascar, where it can be found growing in humid, evergreen forests. This epiphytic miniature orchid grows well when mounted on either cork or cedar bark. You could also grow this miniature orchid in a small pot, using a coarse grade potting mix which contains charcoal. Angraecum didieri produces flowers which … Continue Reading →
The following orchid was purchased from Burnham Nurseries:
- Aerangis macrocentra
The following orchids were purchased from Petrens Orchid Shop:
- Aerangis citrata
- Aerangis modesta
- Aerangis punctata
The following orchids were purchased from Vacherot & Lecoufle:
- Aerangis fastuosa
- Angraecum didieri
The following orchid was very kindly given to me by a friend:
- Angraecum elephantinum
The cork bark, flat, and cushion moss used in this Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium, was purchased from Porters Foliage.
I used the peat-free, coir compost from BiOrb, that came as part of the package with my new BiOrbAir terrarium, as the growing media for this terrarium. This compost comes as a compressed block and can be purchased separately from BiOrb.
Although these plants are not growing inside my Madagascan BiOrbAir Terrarium, the following plants also come from Madagascar:
The specific epithet of this miniature orchid’s name is hyaloides, which originates from the greek word for glass, which refers to this orchid’s beautiful flowers which naturally glisten, and sparkle – the blooms can certainly be considered as glass-like. Aerangis hyaloides flowers look to me like they have been knitted by a fairy from frost … Continue Reading →
Angraecum elephantinum is a small to miniature sized, epiphytic orchid which is endemic to Eastern Madagascar. Angraecum elephantinum produces very large, white, star-shaped flowers, which release their fragrance during the evenings to attract the species of moth which pollinate its blooms. The flowers of Angraecum elephantinum are so large, that they are often nearly as big as the … Continue Reading →
Angraecum equitans can be found in Madagascar, in humid highland forests, this epiphytic orchid grows in full sun on the outer branches of trees. Angraecum equitans flowers in spring and summer, its flowers are large, white, and fragrant in the evening. This Angraecum equitans specimen is growing inside my Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir terrarium, you can see how well … Continue Reading →
Angraecum ochraceum is a miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to Madagascar. Angraecum ochraceum is a slow growing orchid, which favours bright, diffused light. Other articles you might like: Jon Housley and ‘500 Years of Covent Garden&... White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial (part three) Craig House Cacti at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2... The … Continue Reading →
This Athyrium species is a small sized, terrestrial fern that’s endemic to Madagascar and Africa. This fern enjoys humid conditions and grows to about 15cm in height. Articles that mention Athyrium species: Planting List for Terrariums and Bottle Gardens Other articles you might like: Jon Housley and ‘500 Years of Covent Garden&... White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium … Continue Reading →
Other articles that may interest you……….
To read the first part of my Madagascar Terrarium Review and Trial, please click here.
To read the first part of my Miniature Orchid Trial – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir, please click here.
To read a longer list of miniature orchids, suitable for terrarium gardening, please click here.
To read an even longer planting list with information about a variety of beautiful plants to grow inside terrariums and bottle gardens, please click here.
To see the first part of my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, please click here.
To read about the new features that the new 2017 BiOrbAir terrarium offers, please click here.
To find out about the Writhlington Orchid Project, please click here.
To read about the Queen of Orchids, the largest orchid in the world, and its flowering at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, please click here.
To see a list of a wide variety of different plants suitable for including in terrariums or bottle gardens, please click here.
To read my long term review of the BiOrbAir from the beginning, starting with the first part, please click here.
To read about The RHS London Orchid Show 2016, please click here.
To read about hardy, carnivorous plants, please click here.