My National Collection of Miniature Phalaenopsis

When I was a child, it was my aim that by the time I became an adult I would have saved up sufficient funds to purchase, and forever after protect a beautiful woodland or forest, and at least one meadow!  I haven’t succeeded in my aim – I sadly have been unable to protect any of our woodlands, forests, or meadows, but I still feel just as passionately about plant conservation.  I have a strong drive to protect the countryside, the environment, and every part of our natural world.  I have a great desire to encourage others to protect woodlands, meadows, peat bogs, rainforests, and other precious and diverse habitats.

Phalaenopsis lobbii, pictured in flower, on the 8th April 2018.

So, I don’t have access to a forest or a meadow, I don’t have a large garden either, but I can still protect plants, even with the limited amount of space and resources I have available to me.  Naturally, with not much space of my own with which I can offer the universe to grow and protect plants, I have naturally gravitated towards growing small and miniature plants – so that I can accommodate more plants, and maximise the use of my available space!  With this in mind I have set up a National Plant Collection of Miniature Phalaenopsis species, I grow these Phalaenopsis plants inside a number of terrariums, indoors.  I love to share the growth and development of my Phalaenopsis plants, and my other orchids, in my regular updates for my terrariums.

Phalaenopsis lobbii, pictured in flower, on the 6th April 2018.
Phalaenopsis micholitzii, pictured on the 17th September 2017, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

I grow some interesting Phalaenopsis plants, including Phalaenopsis honghenensis, an enchanting orchid with an interesting fragrance.  This Phalaenopsis produces a scent which has a character that is reminiscent of cooked bacon, which is blended with the spicy but sweet perfume of Dianthus, or old fashioned pinks – it’s quite something!

This Phalaenopsis honghenensis specimen is pictured in bloom on the day that the first flower of this plant’s second flower spike opened. Pictured in bloom on the 6th April 2018.

Some of my plants are rare, some of my plants can also be challenging to grow.  I determined that as I was growing some rare plants that I should register these plants with Plant Heritage and create a National Collection.  Plant Heritage is a charitable organisation, which was set up to protect plants, with the aim of maintaining a diverse range of all types of plants from trees, grasses, shrubs, bulbs, medicinal plants, edible plants, herbs, climbers, and every type of plant.  National Plant Collections protect and conserve the unique gene pool of cultivated plants.  You can support Plant Heritage by becoming a member, or you may wish to donate funds to support Plant Heritage.  Plant Heritage members enjoy many benefits, they can attend a variety of horticultural talks, events, and workshops, and have many opportunities to visit gardens and specialist nurseries.

Phalaenopsis parishii, pictured in flower, on the 28th March 2018, inside my Orchidarium.
Phalaenopsis parishii, pictured in flower, on the 6th April 2018,
Phalaenopsis wilsonii in flower on the 11th January 2018.

Through writing about my National Collection of Miniature Phalaenopsis, I hope to reveal to my readers a tiny insight into just a few of the interesting plants on our planet, highlighting the danger that these plants face, with the hope that my readers will continue to open their hearts and minds to our natural world and respect our planet’s beauty and fragility.  I have such a passion and an intense desire to protect our natural world.  I hope to encourage more people to use peat free compost and to be kinder to our planet and to each other.

Phalaenopsis thailandica, pictured on the 16th April 2017, inside my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium.

In years gone by I hoped to create a National Collection of snowdrops, British wild flowers, or another plant that would have required me to have a greater amount of garden space, however even with the small space I have available to me, I hope I can still achieve some good.

This is the certificate for my National Collection of miniature Phalaenopsis species.
Here are a few of the Phalaenopsis species from my National Collection of Miniature Phalaenopsis species. On the left hand side is Phalaenopsis parishii, next is Phalaenopsis lobbii, which is next to another Phalaenopsis lobbii specimen, which is next to Phalaenopsis wilsonii. The plant above with its flowers hanging down is Phalaenopsis honghenensis.

You can see the full list of miniature Phalaenopsis species that I hold in my National Collection of Miniature Phalaenopsis Species below.  Click on a plant to find more information about that particular Phalaenopsis sp., where you’ll also find links to each article I have written about that particular orchid species.  The growth and development of individual plants can be followed through my regular terrarium trial updates:

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Phalaenopsis appendiculata is a miniature epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Pahang, in Malaysia. This is a mini, miniature orchid species, that has a reputation for being difficult to grow.  If you’re growing Phalaenopsis appendiculata, take care to mist your plant’s roots regularly, and…

Phalaenopsis celebensis is a miniature to small sized, epiphytic orchid species.  This orchid species is endemic to the Sulawesi Island, in Indonesia.  The Sulawesi Island was formerly known as Celebes, which is where the specific epithet of this orchid’s name – ‘celebensis’ comes from.  Plants…

Phalaenopsis chibae is an epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Vietnam.  I’d describe Phalaenopsis chibae as a miniature to small sized orchid species. Phalaenopsis chibae displays rather large, dark reddish-purple coloured leaves, which have an attractive glossy sheen, they’re really quite reflective. This miniature orchid…

Phalaenopsis cochlearis is both an epiphytic and lithophytic orchid species that originates from Malaysia and Borneo, where this small sized orchid grows on limestone rocks and upon trees in forests.  This orchid’s common name is the ‘spoon like Phalaenopsis’ – referring to this orchid species…

Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi is a species of epiphytic and lithophytic orchid that originates from Java, Bangladesh, Borneo, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Laos, Vietnam, Sumatra, and other regions, where this small sized orchid can be found growing upon rocks, trees, or other plants, in various environments, from areas of…

Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Red’ is a species of epiphytic and lithophytic orchid that originates from Java, Borneo, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Laos, and other regions, where this small sized orchid can be found growing upon rocks, trees, or other plants, in various environments, from areas of forest near…

Phalaenopsis deliciosa is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from many places, including: Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.  This epiphytic orchid species is often found growing upon trees that are growing near water; plants flourish in humid,…

Phalaenopsis deliciosa var. alba is the white form of Phalaenopsis deliciosa. Phalaenopsis deliciosa var. alba is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from many places including: Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam, and the Philippines.  Plants can usually be found growing upon trees, in areas of…

I tend to focus my attentions on miniature and mini-miniature sized orchids; however, Phalaenopsis equestris is a larger orchid species.  This is a small to medium sized orchid, which grows too large to be considered inside any small or medium sized terrariums or bottle gardens.  Phalaenopsis…

Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’ is a small to medium sized orchid species; this particular flowered form originates from the Municipality of Aparri, in the Philippines.  It’s an epiphytic orchid species, that grows upon the branches and trunks of trees, in forested areas.  This form of Phalaenopsis…

Phalaenopsis equestris f. alba is the white flowered form of Phalaneopsis equestris.  Many of the orchids I write about are miniature or even mini-miniature sized; however, Phalaenopsis equestris is a small sized orchid species, which forms plants that grow too large in size for this…

Phalaenopsis fasciata is a species of epiphytic orchid, which originates from the Philippines, where this small sized orchid species can be found growing on trees, alongside rivers. Phalaenopsis fasciata is a small sized orchid, but it’s larger than many of the miniature orchids in my…

Phalaenopsis finleyi is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species that can be found growing in the wild, in Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar.  This miniature Phalaenopsis species is also known by the names of Phalaenopsis minus and Kingidium minus.  Phalaenopsis finleyi is a deciduous orchid species;…

Phalaenopsis gibbosa is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from China, Vietnam, and Laos.  In the wild, this orchid species inhabits areas that stretch from sea level up to 1000m.  Phalaenopsis gibbosa uses trees as its host plant and can be found in both…

Phalaenopsis hainanensis is a miniature, lithophytic orchid species, which originates from Hainan in China, where this orchid can be found growing on rocks.  Phalaenopsis hainanensis is critically endangered in the wild, if you’d like to grow this orchid species yourself, look out for plants grown…

Phalaenopsis honghenensis is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from China and Thailand, where this orchid species can be found growing on the trunks of mossy, lichen covered trees. The flowers of Phalaenopsis honghenensis can be variable in colour.  The flowers are fragrant,…

Phalaenopsis inscriptiosinensis is an epiphytic orchid species from Sumatra, where this small to medium sized orchid can be found growing upon trees in forested areas.  Phalaenopsis inscriptiosinensis plants produce quite striking flowers.  The reddish brown markings displayed over the soft yellow coloured petals have a…

Phalaenopsis japonica is small sized orchid species that produces very attractive, lemon scented inflorescences, during spring and summertime.  The greenish-white flowers are handsomely decorated with pink markings that cover the flower’s lip and these compliment the somewhat variable maroon markings that highlight the blooms’ sepals…

Phalaenopsis lindenii is an epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to the island of Luzon, in the Philippines.  This beautiful orchid is sadly now endangered, threatened by those who have taken wild plants to sell to the local and international orchid trade.  Like many other…

Phalaenopsis lobbii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from India, Vietnam, the Himalayas, and Myanmar, where this orchid species can be found growing on trees in evergreen forests. This is another super cute Phalaenopsis species; I adore Phalaenopsis lobbii‘s cheerful flowers.  Once Phalaenopsis lobbii…

Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia is a form of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which produces rather cute, white and yellow coloured flowers.  This miniature orchid’s pastel yellow coloured blooms are very pretty indeed.  This particular orchid is the yellow flowered form of Phalaenopsis lobbii. Phalaenopsis lobbii f.…

Phalaenopsis lowii is a small to miniature sized, warm to hot growing species of epiphytic orchid, which sometimes grows as a lithophyte, on limestone rocks and stone outcrops.  Phalaenopsis lowii originates from Borneo, Myanmar, and Thailand, where this orchid species can be found growing near…

Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana ‘Woodlawn’ is a small to medium sized epiphytic orchid species that originates from the Philippines.  In terms of this plant’s naming, Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana is the name of this orchid’s species, while the ‘Woodlawn’ part of this plant’s name, refers to the fact that…

Phalaenopsis malipoensis is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from China and Vietnam, where this orchid can be found growing upon the branches of trees, in woodland glades.  Phalaenopsis malipoensis enjoys bright, filtered, indirect light, and very humid growing conditions.  This orchid species enjoys intermediate to warm…

Phalaenopsis micholitzii is a miniature to small sized orchid species, which is endemic to the Philippines.  This orchid species grows as an epiphyte; in its natural habitat, Phalaenopsis micholitzii grows upon trees along by the riverside.  In the plant’s natural environment, Phalaenopsis micholitzii enjoys warm…

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Other articles that may interest you……………….

I also hold a National Plant Collection of miniature Aerangis and Angraecum species, if you’re wondering what a National Plant Collection is and why plant collections are important, here’s some information.

Click here to see all of the articles I have written about the plants in my National Plant Collections.

To read the first instalment of my White Orchid Terrarium Trial, please click here.

To read about Phalaenopsis honghenensis, please click here.

To see a planting list of orchids, ferns and other plants that thrive when grown inside terrariums, bottle gardens and vivariums, please click here.

I have a large number of Phalaenopsis plants growing inside my Orchidarium, to read about how my Orchidarium was built, please click here.

To read about the new features of the 2017 BiOrbAir Terrarium, please click here.

To read about Jackie Currie’s National Collection of Alliums, please click here.

To read about Jonathan Hogarth’s National Collection, please click here.

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