Angraecum leonis is a stunning orchid species that can be found growing in the wild in Madagascar and the Comoros Islands. As is typical of Angraecum species, Angraecum leonis flowers are white in colour and display a very glamorous air and appearance. Angraecum leonis is a miniature to small sized orchid that can vary in size. If you’re considering purchasing this orchid, ensure that a larger growing area can be provided if needed.
Maxillaria acutifolia is a small and compact orchid species from: Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Leeward Islands, Mexico, Venezula, Trinidad and Tobago. From winter to springtime, mature Maxillaria acutifolia plants produce these very cute yellow-orange coloured flowers, which are fragrant and have a nice scent. The blooms are held low down at the base of the plant, underneath the leaves; however the blooms aren’t completely obscured and the flowers can be easily admired.
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 and petals.
This orchid species’ specific epithet (the second part of the orchid species’ name) – japonica means that this orchid species is from Japan.
Angraecum viguieri is a small to medium sized orchid species that is endemic to Madagascar. This orchid species is another epiphyte – a plant that grows upon another plant. Angraecum viguieri is not a parasitic plant; this orchid species takes no sustenance or nutrients from its host. However, Angraecum viguieri enjoys improved growing conditions and air circulation, due to being raised up by its host plant.
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 very large enclosure to provide sufficient room for this orchid species.
The common name for this orchid species is the Sumatran Phalaenopsis.
Aerangis collum-cygni is a miniature to small sized orchid species that grows in humid forests, moist woodlands, and rainforests. These plants also make themselves at home in areas that were once forests, in regions where the forest’s native trees were roughly removed to make way for the plantations that replaced them. Aerangis collum-cygni can be found growing as epiphytes in: Cameroon, Gabon, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia, and other areas across tropical Africa.
Angraecum arachnites is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar, where plants can be found growing in humid, evergreen forests.
This orchid species produces really striking flowers, they’re quite large in size and are white in colour. The blooms look rather like floral spiders, they have long and slightly twisting, curved extensions, which look rather like spider’s legs.
Dendrobium Berry ‘Oda’ is a hybrid Dendrobium orchid, that was created by crossing Dendrobium kingianum with Dendrobium ‘Mini Pearl’ (Dendrobium ‘Mini Pearl’ was created by crossing Dendrobium canaliculatum with Dendrobium bigibbum). This new orchid is very popular with indoor gardeners. Dendrobium Berry ‘Oda’ produces stems that resemble bamboo canes. Plants flower for a few months every year. These rose pink coloured, scented flowers are at their most fragrant in the morning and again at dusk.
Mystacidium gracile is an almost leafless miniature orchid, that grows as an epiphyte. This is not a parasitic plant. Mystacidium gracile grows upon another plant, but this orchid does not take any sustenance from its host plant, it just uses its host to raise itself up to achieve a more prosperous position. The host plant allows this miniature orchid to benefit from experiencing more favourable growing conditions.
Leptotes unicolor is a miniature epiphytic orchid species that originates from Brazil and Argentina. This is an easy going little orchid, that is happiest growing mounted on a branch, a stick, or a piece of cork bark; this miniature orchid favours growing in a location where the plant can bask in bright, but indirect light. Leptotes unicolor flourishes in a range of temperatures, from cool to warm.
Aerangis mooreana is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Madagascar and the Comoros Islands. This orchid can be found growing on the branches of trees, growing on fairly low-lying ground, in humid forests. Aerangis mooreana produces pendent flowering stems holding a number of attractive white flowers, which hang below the plant.
This miniature orchid is an epiphyte – a plant that grows upon another plant.
Phalaenopsis ‘New Life’ is a new, hybrid Phalaenopsis that produces such pretty flowers! If you study a Phalaenopsis ‘New Life’ flower, you’ll notice that its petals, as they face you, are a soft ivory in colour, while the reverse of each petal is infused with a dusky pink, which gives these blooms a rather romantic painterly quality. The soft colours of this Phalaenopsis’s flowers combine to produce a very soothing and pleasing, quite beautiful colour tone.
Aerangis kirkii is a miniature to small sized, epiphytic orchid species, that originates from South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mozambique. Plants can be found growing upon both trees and shrubs in forested areas, close to rivers or near the coast line; this orchid species can be found inhabiting trees growing anywhere from sea level up to 200m above.
A warm growing orchid species, Aerangis kirkii requires filtered, diffused low light, or intermediate filtered, diffused light, combined with warm temperatures and a very humid environment to flourish.
Masdevallia ‘Snowbird’ is a miniature sized, epiphytic orchid. This particular Masdevallia is a primary hybrid, the orchid parent plants that created this hybrid are Masdevallia tovarensis and Masdevallia mejiana. Masdevallia ‘Snowbird’ produces single, white coloured, large sized, rather elegant flowers, which are long lasting and have a light, slightly spicy, floral scent.
Masdevallia ‘Snowbird’ grows well potted, or mounted on cork bark, do note that mounted plants will most likely need more regular watering.
Angraecum compactum is an epiphytic, miniature orchid species, which is endemic to Madagascar. This orchid species can be found growing across widespread areas of the country, in a variety of habitats, including humid forests, moist lowland forests, and rocky areas of ground. In the wild, Angraecum compactum can often be found in evergreen forests, using Philippia as a host plant.
These orchids produce large, white flowers, with long curved nectaries.
Dendrobium striolatum 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, Dendrobium striolatum is an easy going orchid, which is tolerant of a range of temperatures – from cool to warm.
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 orchid species, this orchid produces glossy green leaves, which have a rather handsome reddish brown outline.
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 the native trees of its homelands’ landscape. Sadly many of these indigenous trees have since been cut down and removed, to create more land for farming.
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 planting lists and may be too large for your terrarium. This orchid species requires warm to hot temperatures, bright filtered light, and high humidity, with a drier rest period during the winter months in order to flourish.
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 be found growing in both exposed and sheltered locations, with quite different light levels and conditions in their native environments.