Orchids

This page lists many of the orchids featured throughout my website.

Click on each plant to find articles in which the plant is mentioned.

Click here to see a list of miniature, epiphytic orchids, which includes the details of the nurseries and suppliers that stock the individual plants.

Click here to see a list of the Miniature Phalaenopsis species in my National Collection.

Click here to see a list of the Miniature Angraecoid species in my National Collection.

Click here to go see a list of fragrant orchids mentioned on my website.

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Aerangis biloba is a small, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Africa, where it grows on trees that grow in forests and woodlands. Aerangis biloba enjoys warm temperatures and high humidity.  This small orchid produces up to twenty, fragrant, beautiful white flowers on pendent racemes.

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 used to be found growing upon the native trees of its landscape, but where … Continue Reading →

Aerangis citrata is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, 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 species produces a pendant, flower stem, which features up to thirty, small, fragrant, white flowers. To go straight to the update when … Continue Reading →

Aerangis fastuosa is 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 year. Aerangis fastuosa produces white flowers, which are very large in comparison … Continue Reading →

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 lowland and upland areas. Aerangis fuscata is a very attractive … Continue Reading →

Aerangis hariotiana is a miniature to small sized, epiphytic orchid species that originates from the Comoros Islands, where it can be found growing on trees in humid forests. Aerangis hariotiana originates from a group of islands which offer warm to hot growing conditions.  This charming orchid favours growing under diffused light, in a humid environment, where … Continue Reading →

The specific epithet of this miniature orchid species’ name is ‘hyaloides’, which originates from the greek word for glass, this references this orchid’s beautiful flowers, which naturally glisten, and sparkle – the blooms can certainly be considered as glass-like, and this delightful miniature orchid’s leaves are naturally glossy too.  Aerangis hyaloides flowers look to me … Continue Reading →

Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta is a miniature epiphytic orchid species from Kenya and Africa.  Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta produces attractive white, crystalline, slightly fragrant flowers, which have a bright orange-red column, or centre. Aerangis luteo-alba var. rhodosticta enjoys warm, humid conditions, and bright, filtered, indirect light. For more detailed information about the care and preferred … Continue Reading →

Aerangis macrocentra can be found in Madagascar, where this miniature orchid species grows low down, near ground level, as an epiphyte in mossy forests.  Aerangis macrocentra produces long, pendant, many flowered inflorescences. You can see how the first Aerangis macrocentra specimen I bought is growing in my BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir (part … Continue Reading →

Aerangis modesta is a small sized, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar. This small sized orchid is a little bit larger than some of the orchid species that feature inside my terrariums and on this planting list.  You would need a fairly large terrarium to be able to accommodate this orchid.  If you … Continue Reading →

Aerangis mystacidii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Africa, Malawi, and Zambia, where this particular orchid species can be found growing on trees, in areas of forest near water. Aerangis mystacidii produces pendent flower spikes, which bear up to twenty, beautiful white, fragrant flowers.  The blooms of Aerangis mystacidii release their fragrance in the evenings. Aerangis … Continue Reading →

Aerangis punctata can be found growing in central highland Madagascar, and also on the island nation of Reunion, at elevations between 900m and 1500m. Aerangis punctata is an epiphytic orchid species.  Aerangis punctata grows in humid evergreen forests and in highland forest and scrubland, where it can be found growing on both shrubs and trees.  In … Continue Reading →

Aerangis somalensis is a small sized, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in different areas – in dry areas of woodland, as well as near streams in Africa, namely in Somalia, which is where the second part of this orchid species’ name – the specific epithet derives from, but Aerangis somalensis can also … 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 →

Aerangis spiculata is a miniature epiphytic orchid species, which originates from evergreen forests in Madagascar and the Comoros Islands. Aerangis spiculata produces large, white, pendant flowers in racemes that feature up to 20 inflorescences, which hang 30 -75cm (12 – 30 inches) below the plant.  

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 environment Aerangis verdickii receives bright light. Aerangis verdickii grows successfully … Continue Reading →

Aeranthes arachnites is a small sized, epiphytic orchid species 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.   To head straight to the trial update that … Continue Reading →

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 species is new in cultivation. To head straight to my … Continue Reading →

Amesiella monticola is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to the mountains of Luzon in the Philippines.  Amesiella monticola tolerates a range of temperature conditions, from cool to warm; this miniature orchid favours very humid growing conditions. Amesiella monticola produces beautiful, white flowers, which very large in size, in comparison to the size … Continue Reading →

Amesiella philippinensis is a miniature epiphytic orchid species, which produces between one and five, very large 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 can be found growing on trees in moist mountain forests. This miniature … Continue Reading →

Angraecum aloifolium is an epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar.  Angraecum aloifolium can be found growing on trees, in areas of dry, deciduous forest in the Mahajanga Province, which can be found in the Northwestern region of Madagascar.  Here Angraecum aloifolium grows at around 400m above sea level.  This is a small sized … Continue Reading →

Angraecum bancoense is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid that 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 growing near ponds or waterfalls, in rainforests or reserves and mountainous forests. Angraecum bancoense is very similar at … Continue Reading →

Angraecum didieri is endemic to Madagascar, where this miniature orchid species can be found growing 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, using a coarse grade potting mix, which contains pieces of cork bark … Continue Reading →

Angraecum distichum is a miniature epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in rainforests over a range of tropical locations, including Africa. Angraecum distichum favours humid growing conditions.  This lovely miniature orchid species is tolerant of a range of temperatures, from cool to hot.

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 order to grow this miniature orchid successfully.  Angraecum dollii grows … Continue Reading →

Angraecum elephantinum is a small to miniature sized, epiphytic orchid species, 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 their blooms.  The flowers of Angraecum elephantinum are so large, that they are often almost as big as … Continue Reading →

Angraecum equitans can be found 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 growing inside my Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir terrarium, you can see how … Continue Reading →

Angraecum ochraceum is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to Madagascar.  Angraecum ochraceum is a slow growing orchid, which favours bright, diffused light.

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 in areas of humid forest. Angraecum pectinatum favours growing under filtered, diffused light, in a warm to hot environment, where the humidity levels are high, and there’s constant air … Continue Reading →

Angraecum pyriforme is an epiphytic miniature orchid species that originates from mainland Africa, where it can be found growing in a number of areas, including the Ivory Coast and Nigeria. Angraecum pyriforme produces multiple, medium sized, waxy looking, greenish yellow flowers, which have a light, meadow-like fragrance.

Angraecum rutenbergianum is a miniature orchid species that grows both upon trees in humid, densely populated forests, notably growing upon Agauria salicifolia.  Angraecum rutenbergianum can also be found growing in a quite different environment – on wet rocks and stones, in areas which receive a far greater degree of sunlight, in central Madagascar. Angraecum rutenbergianum produces … Continue Reading →

Barbosella australis is a cool growing, miniature epiphytic orchid 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 see how well it’s growing in my Long-term review of the … Continue Reading →

Brachypeza semiteretifolia is an epiphytic, miniature orchid species that originates from Vietnam, where it 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.  Brachypeza semiteretifolia produces attractive white, crystalline flowers, which produce a delightfully … Continue Reading →

Bulbophyllum ambrosia is a lithophyte, and an epiphytic miniature orchid, which originates from China, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. Bulbophyllum ambrosia and grows well, both as a potted specimen or mounted onto cork bark or tree fern.  Bulbophyllum ambrosia grows well in warm conditions, with bright, filtered light and good air circulation.  The blooms that Bulbophyllum ambrosia … Continue Reading →

Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’ is a miniature, epiphytic orchid which originates from central and western Africa, where it grows in warm conditions, in the lower slopes and regions of the forests. This Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’ specimen is growing inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, you can see how well it’s growing in my BiOrbAir Review – Growing … Continue Reading →

Bulbophyllum sessile is a miniature epiphytic orchid which originates from a number of places including: Burma, Java, Laos, Malaysia, New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Bulbophyllum sessile appreciates warm to intermediate temperatures, bright, filtered light, and good air circulation.

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 has been over collected, and the area in which the orchid grows has suffered due to human expansion in the area and logging. … Continue Reading →

Ceratochilus biglandulosus is a species of miniature orchid that’s endemic to Java in Indonesia, where it grows as an epiphytical miniature orchid on moss and lichen covered trees, in mountainous areas. Ceratochilus biglandulosus produces crystalline, white flowers, which are very large in size, especially in comparison to the diminutive size of this miniature orchid. Ceratochilus biglandulosus … Continue Reading →

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 plant a minimum temperature of 12 C (53F).  Ceratostylis philippinensis favours … Continue Reading →

Ceratostylis pristina, is a newly described species of miniature, epiphytic orchid that originates from the Kalatungan mountain range, in the Philippines. Ceratostylis pristina, produces beautiful, pure white, crystalline flowers, which at  about 1-2cm (0.5″) are very large in comparison to the size of the plant. This miniature orchid grows best when mounted on cork or … Continue Reading →

Chiloschista lunifera is a epiphytic orchid species, which grows on trees, in areas of deciduous and semi deciduous forest in Myanmar, India, Assam, and the Himalayas.  Chilochista lunifera is a small, naturally leafless orchid species, which produces striking, dark red-maroon flowers, which are outlined in a vibrant lime-yellow colour. To grow at its best, Chiloschista … Continue Reading →

Chiloschista parishii is a species of miniature, epiphytic, leafless orchid, which originates from Thailand, India, Vietnam, Myanmar, and the Himalayas, where it can be found growing on trees in forests and woodlands. Chiloschista parishii flourishes when grown under bright, filtered light, in a warm environment, in a very humid environment, where the plant will receive … Continue Reading →

Coelogyne cristata is a cool growing, epiphytic orchid; this species originates from the Himalayas, Assam, Bhutan, Java, Sikkim, and Nepal. One of the common names of Coelogyne cristata is the Crested Coelogyne.  Coelogyne cristata will quickly grow to be far too big to grow in a terrarium, but this orchid does grow well in the conditions provided by … Continue Reading →

Constantia cipoensis is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to the Serra do Cipó National Park, a mountain range in Brazil, where Constantia cipoensis grows upon Vellozia, a genus of flowering plant that’s found in this area. Constantia cipoensis produces beautiful, very large, white flowers. Constantia cipoensis grows best when mounted on cork … Continue Reading →

Dactylorhiza ‘Simon Milton’ is a hybrid, hardy orchid, which was named in honour of Sir Simon Milton.  Dactylorhiza ‘Simon Milton’ was launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, this new orchid featured in the planting on the Sir Simon Milton Urban Connections Garden, which was designed by Lee Bestall and Paul Robinson, and built by Jon … Continue Reading →

Dendrobium moniliforme is a miniature epiphytic and lithophytic orchid, which originates from a number of regions, including: Assam, China, the Himalayas, Korea, Nepal, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Dendrobium moniliforme produce beautiful, white flowers which are fragrant.

Dinema polybulbon is a miniature, epiphytic and lithophytic orchid, which originates from Cuba, Mexico, and Nicaragua, where it grows in humid forests. Dinema polybulbon produces beautiful, large and fragrant flowers.

Diplocaulobium abbreviatum is a slow growing miniature epiphytic orchid species that is endemic to New Guinea.  Diplocaulobium abbreviatum produces attractive star shaped, white flowers that are edged with cream, with small yellow and dark purple markings in the centre of each inflorescence. This Diplocaulobium abbreviatum specimen is growing inside my Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir terrarium, you can see how … Continue Reading →

Diplocaulobium chrysotropis is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in the cloud forests of New Guinea. Diplocaulobium chrysotropis flourishes under bright, indirect light.  This miniature orchid grows best in humid conditions, in temperatures between 17C and 25C. I have found that Diplocaulobium chrysotropis grow best when watered between three and five … Continue Reading →

Dockrillia striolata is a lithophytic orchid species that originates from Australia, where it’s known as the Streaked Rock Orchid. I have found that this miniature sized orchid grows happily when mounted onto cork bark, so don’t panic if you don’t have a spare limestone boulder, or decorative cliff face to mount your plants onto!  Indeed, … Continue Reading →

Domingoa purpurea is a miniature epiphytic orchid, which originates from Guatemala and Mexico. Domingoa purpurea is a miniature epiphytic orchid that does not require a rest period to grow well.  So if the conditions you provide are constant, with sufficient light, water, and nutrients, this miniature orchid will grow well for you. Domingoa purpurea produces purple-pink inflorescences … Continue Reading →

Dryadella simula is a cool growing, miniature epiphytic, orchid species that’s found in the lower regions of cloud forest in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Costa Rica.  This orchid experiences natural variations during the seasons in its native environment, where it will experience dry seasons and drier periods.  It will be interesting to see how well … Continue Reading →

Epidendrum porpax is an epiphytic orchid species that originates from Colombia and Venezuela, where this miniature sized plant can be found growing on trees in areas of humid forest.  Epidendrum propax has a naturally creeping habit, this orchid forms spreading plant mats, that clothe the areas of the oak and pine trees that this orchid … Continue Reading →

Grammatophyllum speciosum has many common names – Queen of Orchids, sugar cane orchid, tiger orchid, and perhaps unsurprisingly, giant orchid, as it’s reputed to be the largest orchid in the world!  Read more about Grammatophyllum speciosum here: Queen Of Orchids, The Largest Orchid In The World In Flower Now At Kew!

Haraella retrocalla is a miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from Taiwan, where it can be found growing in forests, at elevations ranging from 1000m to 2200m. Haraella retrocalla is a sequential blooming orchid, which can be almost always in bloom – making this plant an attractive acquisition if you’re looking to purchase a miniature orchid. The … Continue Reading →

Holcoglossum flavescens is a miniature, epiphytic orchid that is endemic to China, where it grows on trees in forests. Holcoglossum flavescens produces beautiful flowers, which have quite a charm and character to them, however the colours of the flowers can be a little variable.  Holcoglossum flavescens is usually slow to bloom Holcoglossum flavescens grows well in … Continue Reading →

Holcoglossum weixiense is a species of epiphytic, miniature orchid, that originates from the Weixi area of the Yunnan, in the Southwest of China.  Here Holcoglossum weixiense can be found growing upon trees, near rivers in areas of evergreen, mountainous forest.  This miniature, epiphytic orchid can be found growing  in mountain areas from 2300 – 2900m above sea level. … Continue Reading →

Hymenorchis javanica is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to Java. Hymenorchis javanica produces white, crystalline flowers, which feature a very attractive green central marking.  The flower’s petals display a fringed, serrated edge.  This miniature orchid species blooms for about six months of the year, the plants are usually in flower from … Continue Reading →

Found in Venezuela and Colombia, Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ is an epiphytic, miniature orchid that can be found in wet, mountain forests and cloud forests. Once Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ has grown to a mature size, this lovely miniature orchid blooms for periods of up to five months at a time, producing glistening, purple coloured, star shaped … Continue Reading →

Leptotes bicolor is a miniature epiphytic orchid species which originates from Brazil and Paraguay, where this miniature orchid enjoys warm temperatures and humid conditions. Leptotes bicolor produces beautiful, white, fragrant flowers, which are enhanced with a vibrant shade of pink.  The seed pods of Leptotes bicolor can be used like vanilla to flavour foods and drinks. … Continue Reading →

Macroclinium manabinum is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to Manabi in Ecuador, where this miniature orchid can be found growing on trees, in forests. Macroclinium manabinum is a miniature orchid species, which favours warm to hot temperatures, filtered, diffused light, and high humidity. Macroclinium manabinum produces beautiful flowers, which vary in … Continue Reading →

Found in south eastern Ecuador and northern Peru, Masdevallia decumana is a miniature, epiphytic orchid that can be found growing in cloud forests in these regions of the world. Masdevallia decumana’s flowers are very large in comparison to the diminutive size of the plant.  The flowers are both unusual and eye catching with their dark … Continue Reading →

Masdevallia rechingeriana is a miniature, cool growing, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Venezuela.  Masdevallia rechingeriana produces a triquetrous inflorescence, which is very tall, and is longer in length than the plant’s leaves. Masdevallia rechingeriana is growing inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, you can see how well this plant is growing in my BiOrbAir … Continue Reading →

Masdevallia tovarensis is miniature to small sized, epiphytic orchid that is endemic to Venezuela where it grows in cloud forests. Masdevallia tovarensis produces flower stems each of which can produce a number of beautiful, large, pure white flowers.  The flower stems can bloom again and again over extended periods and consequently should only be cut … Continue Reading →

A native plant of New Guinea, Mediocalcar decoratum is a low growing, miniature, epiphytic orchid species, it forms a creeping, spreading mat as the plant grows.  Mediocalcar decoratum favours humid, damp conditions in dappled shade.  Mediocalcar decoratum thrives in moist conditions and would enjoy being misted heavily every morning. Flowering from autumn until spring, Mediocalcar decoratum produces … Continue Reading →

Neofinetia falcata is a miniature to small sized epiphytic orchid species, which originates from China, Japan, and Korea.  Neofinetia falcata produces beautiful, white flowers, which release their fragrance during the evening. Neofinetia falcata can be grown in cool to intermediate temperatures, in bright, filtered light, with high humidity. To go straight to the trial update … Continue Reading →

Oncidium hians is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to Brazil. Oncidium hians plants produce flowering stems that are about twice as tall as the plant itself.  The flowering stems have a branching habit, each stem can be decorated with a number of inflorescences which are spaced out attractively. Oncidium hians favours bright, … Continue Reading →

Ornithophora radicans is a miniature, epiphytic orchid which originates from Brazil in South America.  Ornithophora radicans has a grassy habit and appearance, this orchid produces sprays of miniature white, brown, and yellow flowers for a few weeks every year in autumn.  Minimum temperature: 12 C. I have planted this Ornithophora radicans specimen in my BiOrbAir terrarium. … Continue Reading →

Paphiopedilum concolor is a small to medium sized, terrestrial orchid species, which originates from Myanmar, Vietnam, and China, among other places.  In its native environment, Paphiopedilum concolor can be found growing close to streams and water sources in forests, where this orchid grows directly in the ground, in leaf litter, or on rocks. Paphiopedilum concolor … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis appendiculata is a miniature epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Pahang, in Malaysia. Phalaenopsis appendiculata is a mini, miniature orchid species, that has a reputation for being rather difficult to grow.  If you’re growing Phalaenopsis appendiculata, take care to mist your plant’s roots regularly, provide warm, humid conditions, with good air circulation, and bright, filtered, … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis braceana is a species of miniature, epiphytic, deciduous orchid, which originates from a number of places, including Bhutan, Myanmar, and the Himalayas, where these miniature orchids can be found growing atop trees on the edges of forests. The inflorescences of Phalaenopsis braceana display variable colourations. Phalaenopsis braceana thrives in low, indirect, filtered light, in humid … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis celebensis is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is found growing in the Sulawesi Island, in Indonesia.  Phalaenopsis celebensis produces attractive silver and dark green mottled leaves. Phalaenopsis celebensis flourishes in warm, shaded conditions, away from bright light, in a humid environment. Phalaenopsis celebensis produces arching or pendant flowering stems, which feature a great … Continue Reading →

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 dark, reddish-purple coloured leaves, which have an attractive glossy sheen.  This miniature orchid produces long racemes that feature ten or more red-orange, orange, and yellow coloured flowers, which are … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis cochlearis is 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 flower’s spoon-like concave lip.  Phalaenopsis cochlearis‘s pretty, soft yellow blooms produce … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Green’ 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 rivers and in lowland locations.  Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Green’ plants can … Continue Reading →

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 rivers and in lowland locations.  Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi ‘Red’ plants can be … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis deliciosa is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from many places including: Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines, where this miniature orchid can be found growing upon trees in areas of humid forest, near water. In its native environment, Phalaenopsis deliciosa enjoys warm to hot temperatures … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis deliciosa var. alba is the white form of Phalaenopsis deliciosa. Phalaenopsis deliciosa var. alba is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from many places including: Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Vietnam, and the Philippines, where this miniature orchid can be found growing on trees in areas of humid forest, near water.

Phalaenopsis equestris is a small to medium sized, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Taiwan and the Philippines. Phalaenopsis equestris thrives when the plant is grown in warm temperatures, in a humid environment, under bright, filtered light. Phalaenopsis equestris is too large a plant for many terrariums, however this is a beautiful Phalaenopsis which is worth growing if … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’ is a small to medium sized, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from the Municipality of Aparri, in the Philippines. Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’ thrives when the plant is grown in warm temperatures, in a humid environment, under bright, filtered light. Phalaenopsis equestris ‘Aparri’ is too large a plant for many terrariums, however this … Continue Reading →

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, which may be too large for your terrarium.  This orchid species requires warm to hot temperatures, bright filtered light, and high … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis finleyi is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing naturally in Burma, Thailand, and Myanmar. Phalaenopsis finleyi produces very attractive flowers, which have a somewhat reflexed appearance.  The inflorescences are white, with a predominantly pink colouration, and maroon and yellow markings. Phalaenopsis finleyi favours being mounted onto cork bark, with very … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis gibbosa is an epiphytic miniature orchid species, which originates from Vietnam and Laos, where this orchid species can be found growing on trees in evergreen forests. Phalaenopsis gibbosa enjoys growing in warm to hot conditions in a very humid environment.  Phalaenopsis gibbosa produces very small, pretty white flowers.

Phalaenopsis hainanensis is a species of miniature, lithophytic orchid, which originates from Hainan in China, where it can be found growing on rocks. In its native environment, Phalaenopsis hainanensis is a deciduous orchid, although this miniature orchid may retain its leaves over winter when grown in cultivation. Phalaenopsis hainanensis is very similar to Phalaenopsis stobartii, … Continue Reading →

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, producing a sweet fragrance, which has quite different, pleasing, yet … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis inscriptiosinensis is an epiphytic orchid species from Sumatra, where this small to medium sized orchid can be found growing on trees in forest areas.  Phalaenopsis inscriptiosinensis produces quite striking flowers, the reddish brown markings across the soft yellow coloured petals have a resemblance to Chinese lettering – this orchid species’ common name is the … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis lindenii is an epiphytic orchid species which is endemic to the island of Luzon in the Philippines.  This beautiful orchid is threatened from over collection and the results of human expansion in the wild. Phalaenopsis lindenii is a small sized orchid species, that features mottled, spotted green leaves.  This orchid species produces very pretty, white … Continue Reading →

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. Phalaenopsis lobbii grows well in a humid environment, in bright, filtered light.  Once Phalaenopsis lobbii reaches flowering size, this miniature orchid flowers each springtime. You can see … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia is a miniature, epiphytic orchid, which produces rather cute, white and yellow coloured flowers.  This miniature orchid’s pastel yellow coloured blooms are very pretty indeed.  I believe this particular orchid species to be the yellow flowered form of Phalaenopsis lobbii. Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia blooms from late winter, to mid to … Continue Reading →

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 rivers, here it grows as a deciduous plant.  In cultivation … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana ‘Woodlawn’ is a small to medium sized epiphytic orchid species which originates from the Philippines.  Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana is the name of this orchid’s species, the ‘Woodlawn’ part of this plant’s name refers to the fact that this particular plant is a clone of a good performing plant within the species. Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana ‘Woodlawn’ favours … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis malipoensis is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from China and Vietnam. Phalaenopsis malipoensis enjoys bright, filtered, indirect light and humid conditions. Phalaenopsis malipoensis flowers in spring and summer, producing pretty white and orange flowers, which are about 2cm in size. You can see Phalaenopsis malipoensis in flower in this update, here.

Phalaenopsis micholitzii is an epiphytic, miniature to small sized orchid species, which is endemic to the Philippines, where it grows near rivers.  Phalaenopsis micholitzii enjoys warm to hot conditions and high humidity. Phalaenopsis micholitzii produces beautiful white, greenish-white, or pale green flowers, without any markings on the blooms.  I have found Phalaenopsis micholitzii to be … Continue Reading →

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 moss covered rocks. Phalaenopsis pantherina produces rather wonderful, zig-zaged flowering stems, which hold this orchid species’ eye catching … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis parishii is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, 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 that cascade over streams, and rivers, or upon trees … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis parishii alba is the white form of Phalaenopsis parishii.

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 free draining, sandy soils, in areas that enjoy both the … Continue Reading →

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.  Phalaenopsis pulchra produces vibrant, rather glamorous, shocking pink flowers which have a polished, glossy sheen.  This is a very popular, beautiful orchid. Phalaenopsis … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis stobartiana is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to China, where this miniature sized orchid enjoys warm, humid conditions, and bright, filtered, indirect light. Phalaenopsis stobartiana produces up to nine, striking green, white, and pink flowers on each of its flowering stems.

Phalaenopsis thailandica is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to Thailand.  This miniature orchid’s common name is the Thailand Phalaenopsis. Phalaenopsis thailandica enjoys growing in warm, humid conditions, with indirect, filtered light.  This miniature orchid species likes to be watered regularly. Phalaenopsis thailandica produces very small, fragrant flowers, the blooms emit a soft and … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis wilsonii is a species of miniature, epiphytic and lithophytic orchid, which is endemic to China. Phalaenopsis wilsonii favours intermediate to warm, humid conditions, and bright, filtered light.  In this orchid species’ native environment, Phalaenopsis wilsonii is a deciduous orchid, but in cultivation plants may hold on to their leaves throughout the winter months. Phalaenopsis wilsonii produces from … Continue Reading →

Phalaenopsis ‘Sunny Smell’ is described as UK’s first widely available scented Phalaenopsis hybrid.  Fragrance is subjective, when I encountered this orchid in rather cool conditions I could not detect any scent.  Phalaenopsis ‘Sunny Smell’ might have produced more fragrance had the temperature been warmer.

Platystele examen-culicum is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Colombia and Ecuador. Platystele examen-culicum grows well in a humid environment, with filtered light, and cool to intermediate temperatures. Platystele examen-culicum produces such tiny, minute flowers, which are not easy to view without a macro camera!  You can see this Platystele examen-culicum specimen in … Continue Reading →

Podangis dactyloceras is an epiphytical miniature orchid, which originates from Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zaire, where this orchid grows near waterfalls and rivers, in evergreen rainforests. Podangis dactyloceras is a warm to hot growing miniature orchid, which grows well in warmer temperatures, in a humid environment, with filtered light, where the plant can dry out between … Continue Reading →

Psygmorchis pusilla is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which can be found growing in humid forests in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela, and other exotic locations, where the plant colonises the outer branches of trees. Psygmorchis pusilla is a delightful, fan shaped, miniature orchid species, which has an attractive appearance even when it’s … Continue Reading →

Restrepia antennifera is a miniature, epiphytic orchid, that can be found growing in cloud forests in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. Restrepia antennifera is a species of epiphytic orchid that naturally forms a tufted shape, it’s small in size and won’t take up much room inside your terrarium or orchidarium. This Restrepia antennifera specimen is growing inside my … Continue Reading →

Restrepia citrina is a species of epiphytic miniature orchid, which is endemic to Colombia, where this lovely orchid species grows in cloud forests.  For successful growing replicate the conditions that this Restrepia experiences in its natural environment.  Restrepia citrina flourishes in cool conditions, in a very humid atmosphere, under filtered, diffused light. Restrepia citrina produces attractive … Continue Reading →

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ is a miniature, cool growing, epiphytic orchid, that can be found in Ecuador and Peru.  I do wonder if this miniature orchid should be known simply as Restrepia purpurea, as I see no distinguishable differences between this plant and Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’. Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ is a very … Continue Reading →

Restrepia sanguinea is a miniature, cool growing, epiphytic orchid, which originates from the cloud forests of Colombia.  One of the tallest miniature orchids that’s growing inside this terrarium, Restrepia sanguinea flowers frequently, producing large, raspberry-plum coloured blooms of about an inch in length.  Restrepia sanguinea is very floriferous and produces its flowers in succession. Restrepia sanguinea is growing … Continue Reading →

Restrepia seketii originates from cloud forests in North Colombia.  A cool growing, epiphytic orchid species, Restrepia seketii is smaller than many of the other Restrepia species which are included in my Miniature Orchid Trial. To see photographs of Restrepia seketii in bloom, and discover how long this miniature orchid typically flowers for, please click here. … Continue Reading →

Restrepia trichoglossa is a species of miniature orchid which originates from cloud forests in Peru, Colombia and Ecuador.  Naturally forming a tufted shape, this little Restrepia produces flowers in succession, throughout the year. I find Restrepias to be tolerant of different temperatures, and light conditions, favouring cooler indoor temperatures of around 16 C – 20 C, … Continue Reading →

Schoenorchis fragrans is a miniature epiphytic orchid species that can be found in India, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and China, where this orchid grows in moist forests.  Schoenorchis fragrans has thick, leathery leaves that have an attractive purple underside, this miniature orchid produces clusters of tightly packed, faintly scented, pink crystalline flowers during the summer time. … Continue Reading →

Schoenorchis scolopendria is a miniature, epiphytic orchid with a creeping habit, which can be found growing on trees, in forests in Vietnam. Schoenorchis scolopendria is best grown mounted onto cork or branches, which have sufficient room to allow the plant to grow and spread.  As Schoenorchis scolopendria prefers to dry out between waterings, this miniature orchid … Continue Reading →

Schoenorchis seidenfadenii is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from Thailand and Vietnam. Schoenorchis seidenfadenii produces thick, leathery, textured leaves and pretty pink flowers.  This mini-miniature orchid has an attractive, creeping, spreading growth habit, like other Schoenorchis species, the plants almost twirl around the branches of the trees they grow upon. I grow … Continue Reading →

Schoenorchis tixieri is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Vietnam and China, where it grows on trees on the outskirts of forests. Schoenorchis tixieri has thick, leathery, textured leaves, which are very attractive, the growth habit and appearance of every Schoenorchis species is very endearing. Schoenorchis tixieri is very similar to Schoenorchis fragrans, … Continue Reading →

Stelis is from the Greek for small pillar.  Stelis muscifera is a miniature epiphytic orchid species that originates from Ecuador and Venezuela, where plants of this species can be found growing at between 800m – 1600m above sea level.  Stelis muscifera flowers in spring and summer.  During its flowering period each flower spike is clothed … Continue Reading →

Trichoglottis Pusilla is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which originates from Java and Indonesia, where this orchid can be found growing near the tops of trees. Trichoglottis Pusilla produces fragrant, white flowers with red stripes. Trichoglottis Pusilla grows best when mounted onto cork bark or tree fern.  This miniature orchid favours bright, indirect light,