Mini Miniature Orchids for Terrariums, Vivariums, and Bottle Gardens

If you’re setting up a terrarium, vivarium, or bottle garden, and you’re looking for miniature orchids to add to your indoor garden, you may find that it is not always easy to tell which orchids are truly miniature and which aren’t.

Many orchids that are sold as miniatures are miniature sized when they are young, but as they grow and develop, many of these plants will soon outgrow a traditionally sized terrarium or bottle garden.  You might be surprised to know that there is no set size within the orchid world that defines a plant within a particular size category, so the size of an orchid can be quite subjective, some some nurseries may list a plant as miniature, but that particular plant may be too large for any regular sized terrarium or bottle garden.  So with this in mind, I have set up this of list of truly miniature sized, tiny orchids, to help you find the most beautiful and most charming mini-miniature sized orchids for your terrarium, vivarium, or bottle garden.  The largest of the orchids that feature in this list grow to about 12cm (4.7″) tall, as a flowering sized plant, but some of the orchids in this list won’t grow as tall as this.

Click on each plant page for more information and links to every article that features that particular orchid.  I have listed the suppliers where I have purchased my plants, the moss and the cork I have used inside my terrariums at the bottom of this list.

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Aerangis calantha is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species that can be found growing in a variety of locations including: the Congo, Africa, Angola, and Uganda.  Before humans encroached into and altered the landscape of this orchid’s natural habitat and environment, Aerangis calantha could be found growing upon…

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 hariotiana is a miniature to small sized, epiphytic orchid species that originates from the Comoros Islands, where this orchid can be found growing on trees, in areas of humid forest. Aerangis hariotiana originates from a group of islands which offer warm to hot growing conditions. …

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 mystacidii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Africa, Malawi, and Zambia, where this particular orchid species can be found growing upon trees, in areas of forest, close to streams, pools, or springs. Aerangis mystacidii produces pendent flower spikes, which bear up to twenty,…

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…

Aerangis verdickii is a miniature epiphytic or lithophytic orchid species, which grows both low down on rocks, and high up in the branches of woodland trees.  As this orchid species can be found growing near the tops of trees in open woodland, in its native…

Amesiella minor is miniature, epiphytic orchid species.  Amesiella minor can be found growing in forests, in the mountain regions of the Philippines.  This is a slow growing orchid species, which favours a humid environment. Amesiella minor is a relatively recently discovered miniature orchid, consequently this…

Amesiella philippinensis is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which produces between one and five, very large magnificent white flowers.  Amesiella philippinensis’s blooms are borne on racemes from late autumn until early spring each year. Amesiella philippinensis is endemic to the Philippines, where this miniature orchid species…

Angraecum bancoense is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing on trees, in very humid rainforests, in various parts of Africa.  This pretty miniature orchid species is often seen growing upon deciduous trees, which are growing near ponds or waterfalls, in rainforest…

Angraecum compactum is an epiphytic, miniature orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar, where this orchid can be found growing in a variety of habitats, including humid forests. Angraecum compactum produces large, white flowers, with long curved nectaries, this Angraecum’s flowers are fragrant in the…

Angraecum cucullatum is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species that originates from the island of Reunion and Mauritius, where plants grow upon trees, in forested areas of the country. Cultivated Angraecum cucullatum plants need to be grown under filtered, diffused light.  This orchid species flourishes in…

Angraecum distichum is a miniature sized, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing upon trees and plants in a shaded locations within rainforest areas.  This orchid species can be discovered growing upon trees, which are found growing over a wide range of tropical locations,…

Angraecum dollii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar. Angraecum dollii enjoys a dry season in its native environment.  It’s wise to be mindful of the plant’s natural growing conditions and to include a dry season in your growing regime, in…

Angraecum equitans can be found growing in Madagascar, in humid, highland forests.  This epiphytic orchid species 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…

Angraecum ochraceum is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar. Angraecum ochraceum is a slow growing orchid, which favours growing in a location where the plant will receive bright, but diffused, indirect light and high humidity. Articles that mention Angraecum ochraceum: Dec.…

Angraecum pectinatum is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species that originates from Madagascar, where this orchid can be found growing upon the branches and trunks of trees, growing in areas of humid forest. Angraecum pectinatum favours growing under filtered, diffused light, in a warm to hot…

Angraecum pyriforme is an epiphytic miniature orchid species that originates from mainland Africa, where this miniature orchid can be found growing upon trees in areas of moist, humid forest.  The number of locations where plants of Angraecum pyriforme can be found growing includes the Ivory Coast…

Angraecum rutenbergianum is a miniature orchid species that grows both upon trees and rocks, in humid and densely populated forests.  This orchid species is most notably found growing upon Agauria salicifolia, but Angraecum rutenbergianum can also be found growing in a quite different environment – on wet…

Barbosella australis is a cool growing, miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in southern Brazil.  Flowering in the summer, it is a very low growing plant, with a naturally creeping, spreading habit.  This Barbosella australis specimen is growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, you can…

Brachypeza semiteretifolia is an epiphytic, miniature orchid species that originates from Vietnam, where this plant can be found growing on the branches of evergreen trees, in lowland forests. Brachypeza semiteretifolia doesn’t have a set flowering time, this miniature orchid can flower at any time of year.…

Bulbophyllum sessile is a miniature epiphytic orchid species, which originates from a number of places including: Burma, Java, Laos, Malaysia, New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, where this little orchid can be seen growing on the small, twiggy branches of trees growing in forested areas. Bulbophyllum…

Ceratocentron fesselii is a species of epiphytic, mini-miniature orchid, which is endemic to the mountain range of Nueva Ecija, on the Luzon Island.  This miniature orchid is critically endangered, sadly the plant is still being over collected, and the area in which the orchid grows…

Ceratochilus biglandulosus is a species of miniature orchid that’s endemic to Java in Indonesia, where this plant grows as an epiphytic plant, growing over moss and lichen covered trees, in mountainous areas. Ceratochilus biglandulosus produces crystalline, white flowers, which are very large in size, especially when…

Ceratostylis philippinensis is a miniature orchid species, which as its name suggests, originates from the Philippines. Ceratostylis philippinensis produces many very fragrant, sweetly scented, white flowers that are about 1cm in size. If you’re thinking of growing this miniature orchid, ensure that you can offer your…

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The following miniature orchids were purchased from Akerne Orchids:

  • Bulbophyllum sessile
  • Dryadella simula
  • Phalaenopsis parishii
  • Platystele examen-culicum
  • Restrepia citrina
  • Restrepia seketii

The following miniature orchids were purchased from Burnham Nurseries:

  • Amesiella philippinensis
  • Ceratostylis philippinensis
  • Barbosella australis
  • Gastrochilus retrocallus
  • Holcoglossum flavescens
  • Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’
  • Schoenorchis fragrans

The following orchids were purchased from Claessen Orchids:

  • Aerangis calantha
  • Angraecum ochraceum
  • Brachypeza semiteretifolia
  • Dinema polybulbon
  • Microsaccus griffithii
  • Phalaenopsis malipoensis
  • Psygmorchis pusilla

The following orchids were purchased from Elsner Orchids:

  • Aerangis hyaloides
  • Aerangis verdickii
  • Angraecum aloifolium
  • Angraecum distichum
  • Angraecum dollii
  • Ceratostylis pristina
  • Holcoglossum weixiense
  • Hymenorchis javanica
  • Lepanthes telipogoniflora
  • Ornithocephalus manabina

The following orchids were very kindly given to me by my friends:

  • Dockrillia striolata
  • Epidendrum porpax
  • Leptotes unicolor
  • Mediocalcar decoratum
  • Podangis dactyloceras

I purchased the following orchids from Großräschener Orchids:

  • Angraecum aloifolium
  • Ceratostylis philippinensis
  • Constantia cipoensis
  • Phalaenopsis braceana
  • Phalaenopsis stobartiana
  • Phalaenopsis wilsonii
  • Schoenorchis scolopendria
  • Schoenorchis tixieri

The following orchids were purchased from Joseph Wu Orchids:

  • Phalaenopsis appendiculata
  • Phalaenopsis gibbosa
  • Phalaenopsis lobbii
  • Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia
  • Phalaenopsis malipoensis
  • Phalaenopsis parishii alba
  • Phalaenopsis thailandica

The following orchids were purchased from Junginger Orchideen:

  • Aerangis calantha
  • Aerangis hariotiana
  • Aerangis hyaloides
  • Aerangis kirkii
  • Angraecum aloifolium
  • Angraecum cucullatum
  • Angraecum pectinatum

The following orchids were purchased from Kopf Orchideen:

  • Angraecum pyriforme

The following orchids were purchased from MSB Orchideen:

  • Aerangis hyaloides
  • Schoenorchis fragrans – this miniature orchid was removed from the terrarium and disposed of shortly after its introduction.

The following orchids were purchased from NT Orchid Nursery:

  • Phalaenopsis appendiculata

The following orchids were purchased from Orchid Garden:

  • Aerangis spiculata
  • Angraecum dollii
  • Diplocaulobium chrysotropis
  • Phalaenopsis gibbosa
  • Phalaenopsis lowii

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

  • Aerangis fuscata
  • Aerangis punctata
  • Angraecum equitans
  • Diplocaulobium abbreviatum
  • Masdevallia decumana

The following orchids were purchased from Orchid Wubben:

  • Angraecum bancoense
  • Angraecum rutenbergianum

The following orchids were purchased from Petrens Orchid Shop:

  • Aerangis citrata
  • Aerangis punctata

The following orchids were purchased from Phalaenopsis and More:

  • Angraecum compactum

The cork bark, flat, and cushion moss used in my Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium and in my White Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium was purchased from Porters Foliage.

The following orchids were purchased from Popow Orchids:

  • Amesiella minor
  • Angraecum distichum
  • Brachypeza semiteretifolia
  • Ceratocentron fesselii
  • Ceratochilus biglandulosus
  • Macroclinium manabinum
  • Trichoglottis pusilla 

I purchased the following orchids from Schwerter Orchids:

  • Phalaenopsis finleyi
  • Phalaenopsis stobartiana
  • Schoenorchis seidenfadenii

I purchased the pillow moss I used when I updated the planting inside two of my BiOrbAir terrariums in August 2015 from Triangle Nursery.

The following miniature orchids were purchased from Vacherot & Lecoufle:

  • Haraella retrocalla

The following miniature orchids were purchased from the Writhlington Orchid Project:

  • Aerangis mystacidii
  • Restrepia antennifera
  • Stelis muscifera

I used the peat-free, coir compost from BiOrb, that came as part of the package when I purchased my BiOrbAir terrarium, for the growing media for these terrariums.  This compost comes as a compressed block, and can be purchased separately from BiOrb.

Other articles that may interest you……….

To read a longer planting list for terrariums and bottle gardens, which includes a wide variety of different terrarium plants, including larger orchids, miniature ferns, and miniature terrarium plants, please click here.

To read the first part of my White Flowered Orchid Trial, please click here.

To read about how I track and record the temperature, humidity, and light levels inside my terrariums, glasshouse, home, and garden, please click here.

To see how my Orchidarium was created, please click here.

To read the first part of my Madagascar Orchid Trial, please click here.

To find out how to mount epiphytic orchids onto cork bark or other wood mounts, please click here.

To read about the new features that the new 2017 BiOrbAir terrarium offers, please click here.

To find out more about the Writhlington Orchid Project, please click here.

To read the first part of my Miniature Orchid Trial – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir, please click here.

To read about using decorative features in terrariums and bottle gardens, please click here.

To go to the other extreme from reading about miniature orchids, and read about the largest orchid in the world, please click here.

To read about growing mushrooms indoors – I grew some delicious oyster mushrooms, including some edible pink mushrooms!  Please click here.

For information on using specially designed terrarium tools, please click here.

You’ll find lots of articles that show how to plant up all manner of terrariums, bottle gardens, vivariums, and orchidariums here.

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