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:


Phalaenopsis pallens is a small sized orchid species that hails from the Philippines.  This is an epiphytic orchid species that grows upon trees in forested areas of Palawan, Bataan, Bukidnon, and Mindanao.  Plants thrive in warm to hot temperatures and high humidity. The name of…

Phalaenopsis pantherina is a miniature to small sized, epiphytic, or lithophytic orchid species, which originates from the humid, mountainous forests of Borneo and Indonesia, where this orchid can be found growing upon the branches of trees and on moss covered rocks. Phalaenopsis pantherina produces rather…

Phalaenopsis parishii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from the Eastern Himalayas, India, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand.  Phalaenopsis parishii grows at up to 500m above sea level, where this quite charming little orchid can be found growing upon moss laden trees, on branches…

Phalaenopsis parishii alba is the white form of Phalaenopsis parishii. I have one Phalaenopsis parishii alba specimen growing inside my Orchidarium.  I purchased this miniature orchid in early spring 2017.  Unfortunately, after I made this purchase, the parcel my Phalaenopsis parishii alba specimen was sent…

Phalaenopsis pulcherrima is a terrestrial, lithophytic, and at times epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in a wide range of locations including: Vietnam, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, and Cambodia. In its native environment, Phalaenopsos pulcherrima grows as a terrestrial orchid, in…

Phalaenopsis pulcherrima alba is the white flowered form of Phalaenopsis pulcherrima.  This is a small sized orchid species.  Plants usually grow as a terrestrial or lithophytic plants; although Phalaenopsis pulcherrima alba can also be grown as an epiphyte. TweetPin20Share20 Shares

Phalaenopsis pulchra is a rather charming epiphytic orchid species from the Philippines.  The second part of this orchid’s botanical name – the specific epithet – is taken from the latin ‘pulcher’ which means beautiful.  Plants produce vibrant, rather glamorous, shocking pink flowers which have a…

Phalaenopsis stobartiana is an epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to China, where this miniature sized orchid enjoys growing in warm, humid conditions.  In its natural environment, in the wild the plant receives bright, filtered, indirect light. Phalaenopsis stobartiana produces up to nine, striking green, white, and…

Phalaenopsis sumatrana is a small to medium sized orchid species.  Please note that I usually write about miniature orchids that are much more easily accommodated inside terrariums and orchidariums.  If you want to grow Phalaenopsis sumatrana inside a terrarium or vivarium, you will need a…

Phalaenopsis taenialis is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from a number of locations, including Bhutan, Myanmar, and the Himalayas.  In teh wild, these miniature orchids can be found growing at the tops of trees, on the edges of forests. Please note that I…

Phalaenopsis thailandica is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Thailand.  This miniature orchid’s common name is the Thailand Phalaenopsis. I find that Phalaenopsis thailandica plants enjoy growing in warm, humid conditions, where they can bask in soft, indirect, filtered light.  Phalaenopsis thailandica likes…

This is a natural form of Phalaenopsis that’s found in the wild, in Thailand.  Phalaenopsis thailandica f. aurea is the yellow flowered form of Phalaenopsis thailandica.  This miniature sized orchid species is often known simply as Phalaenopsis thailandica Yellow Lip, a reference to the plant’s…

Phalaenopsis wilsonii is a miniature orchid species that’s endemic to Yunnan, in China.  Plants from this versatile orchid species are capable of growing as an epiphyte – when they grow upon trees, or as a lithophyte – when the plants grow over rocks.  This miniature Phalaenopsis…


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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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