The Madagascar Terrarium Planting List

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.

To find out more about a plant, please click on the plant species’ profile for more information.  By clicking on the plant, you’ll also find links to every article that features that particular species.  Individual plants can be followed through my regular terrarium reviews and updates, where you can discover how well the plants grew, how often they flowered, how long they flowered for, the care I have given these plants, and much more besides.  You’ll find these links by clicking on each relevant plant page.

Aerangis citrata is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar, where plants from this orchid species can very occasionally be found growing upon trees, in areas of evergreen forest.  Sadly Aerangis citrata has been over collected in the wild, as a response to…

Aerangis fastuosa can be found in the eastern and central Madagascar highlands, between 900 and 1750m.  This miniature, epiphytic orchid species 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…

Aerangis fuscata is a miniature sized epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar, where this orchid grows on the twiggy, moss and lichen coated branches of large shrubs and small trees, in rainforest and forested areas.  Aerangis fuscata can be found growing in both…

Aerangis hyaloides is endemic to Eastern Madagascar, where this miniature, epiphytic orchid species grows on the branches of trees, in moist areas of shady, evergreen forests.  Aerangis hyaloides produces racemose inflorescences of up to twenty, white coloured, glistening blooms, from winter to early spring each year. The…

Aerangis macrocentra can be found in Madagascar, where this miniature orchid species grows low down, close to ground level, as an epiphyte, on trees and other plants that are growing in mossy forests.  Aerangis macrocentra produces long, pendant, many flowered inflorescences. Sadly Aerangis macrocentra has…

Aerangis modesta is a small sized, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar, where this orchid can be found growing upon trees, in forested areas.  You might not look twice at this plant when it’s not in bloom, but Aerangis modesta is so very beautiful…

Aerangis punctata is an epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in central highland Madagascar, and also on the island nation of Reunion, at elevations between 900m and 1500m. Aerangis punctata grows in humid, evergreen forests, and in highland forests and scrubland, where this plant can…

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…

Aeranthes arachnites is a small sized, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Madagascar and the Island of Reunion.  I have found that Aeranthes arachnites enjoys fairly bright, filtered, indirect light, warm temperatures, good air circulation, and high humidity.  Aeranthes arachnites produces delicately fragrant flowers, which…

Angraecum didieri is endemic to Madagascar, where this miniature orchid species can be found growing upon trees in humid, evergreen forests.  This epiphytic miniature orchid species grows well when mounted on either cork or cedar bark.  You could also grow Angraecum didieri in a small pot,…

The following orchid was purchased from Burnham Nurseries:

  • Aerangis macrocentra

The following orchids were purchased from Claessen Orchids:

  • Angraecum ochraceum

The following orchid was purchased from MSB Orchideen:

  • Aerangis hyaloides

The following orchids were purchased from Orchid Garden:

  • Angraecum dollii

The following miniature orchids were purchased from Orchids-shop.eu:

  • Aerangis fuscata
  • Aerangis sp.
  • Angraecum equitans

The following orchids were purchased from Orchid Wubben:

  • Angraecum rutenbergianum

The following orchids were purchased from Petrens Orchid Shop:

  • Aerangis citrata
  • Aerangis modesta
  • Aerangis punctata
  • Aeranthes arachnites

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, and are growing in my other terrariums.  Click on each plant for more information:

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Other articles that may interest you……….

To see how my Rainforest Terrarium was set up and discover the thinking behind my design, please click here.

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.

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