Vanda nana is an epiphytic subshrub, a monopodial epiphyte that grows primarily in the wet tropical biome and can be found growing as a wild flower of Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.  This is a miniature orchid; my Vanda nana plant that you see pictured above measures around 10-12cm tall.  Plants are also known by the synonym, Ascocentrum pusillum.

This miniature epiphytic orchid species can be grown mounted or planted in a small pot, but I prefer to grow my Vanda nana on a mount. 

I bought this young Asplenium from a garden centre.  The fern was in an area dedicated to terrarium plants with the pot simply labelled as ‘fern mix’.  I am uncertain what species or cultivar this fern is – I just know it’s an Asplenium.

As this fern grows and matures it is very likely to outgrow its terrarium, but that’s OK with me – I can enjoy this fern now and move it to a larger enclosure, or grow this fern as a houseplant at a later date. 

I must confess that I am a little doubtful that my Selaginella plants that you can see in my photograph above are actually true Selaginella apoda.  However, for more than three years I’ve seen exactly the same type of Selaginella on sale at various nurseries and chains of garden centres and all of the plants were labelled as Selaginella apoda – and so I may well be wrong and this maybe the correct name for this plant. 

Pilea cadierei ‘Ellen’s Silver’ is an attractive plant with silvery foliage.  The leaf colour on these plants is amazing; the foliage almost looks as if it has been painted with liquid silver!  This is such an eye-catching and stunning little plant with a naturally bushy habit.

Pilea cadierei ‘Ellen’s Silver’ thrives in areas that enjoy bright but indirect sunlight.  When deciding on where to place your plant, look for an area with soft lighting. 

I adore Asplenium fissum!  I’ve been growing these gorgeous ferns for about seven years now.  I really appreciate Asplenium fissum’s miniature size and endearing character and habit; I’m always finding myself admiring this fern’s decorative appearance and elegance.  Perfectly sized for terrariums, Asplenium fissum is a miniature fern that won’t grow taller than 20cm tall.  I must admit that most of my plants are smaller than this – many of my Asplenium fissum ferns have grown up to around 15cm tall.

Pilea microphylla is a low-growing tender perennial; it’s a native plant of Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and nearby countries.  This is a very small-leaved plant with teeny, tiny leaves that measure just 1-2mm (0.04-0.08″) in size.  At first glance, Pilea microphylla looks rather similar to mosses or ferns.  I am afraid that I am hopelessly in love with Pilea microphylla.  This diminutive plant would be an ideal choice for an indoor fairy garden!

Angraecum sacciferum is a miniature sized orchid species that can be found growing in the wild, over a widespread area.  This orchid species is a wild plant from many locations, including: Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sao Tome, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  Angraecum sacciferum grows as an epiphyte – when it’s found growing upon trees, and as an lithophyte – when plants are seen growing on or over rocky or stony surfaces, in wet areas, near rivers or streams.

Barbosella dusenii is a super cute, mini miniature orchid species.  These plants really are tiny.  Barbosella dusenii plants have a naturally low growing, creeping stature.  If you gave this plant just a cursory glance, you might think that this orchid has something of a resemblance to moss, as the two have a similarly prostrate nature in their growth and form . 

Aerangis x primulina is a natural hybrid between Aerangis citrata and Aerangis hyaloides.  This is a very handsome miniature orchid.  Plants produce beautiful, arching flowering stems, which I estimate, hold opposite rows of anywhere between five and thirty, (possibly more) stunning, small, snowy white coloured flowers.  Older specimens produce a greater number of flowers.  Aerangis x primulina plants’ flowers are smaller than Aerangis citrata blooms, yet a little larger than Aerangis hyaloides flowers. 

Nephrolepis duffii is a tender fern from Asia.  This is a pretty little fern, with a naturally arching habit and a compact form.  Nephrolepis duffii  thrives in terrariums. Nephrolepis duffii fronds feature a series of button like leaflets that have earned this fern the common names of button fern and lemon button fern.  It’s said that this evergreen fern produces slightly aromatic fronds, that have an aroma that is reminiscent of lemons. 

Actiniopteris australis is a tender fern that requires warm temperatures to flourish.  This pretty little fern can be found growing in the wild in a wide range of countries and locations, including: Madagascar, Australia, Africa, and Asia.

Producing very pretty, palm like fronds on a diminutive scale.  Actiniopteris australis is a charming fern to add to your collection.

Actiniopteris australis is a miniature fern, that grows to just 15cm (6 inches) tall. 

Oeonia volucris is a small sized orchid species that originates from the Mascarene Islands, Madagascar, and Mauritius, where this orchid grows in coastal areas.  This is an epiphytic orchid – plants can be found growing upon the twiggy branches of trees, in areas of humid evergreen forest.

In the wild, this orchid species blooms from March to July.  Oeonia volucris plants produce exquisite white, three lobed blooms, which are held on long, slender stems.

Macroclinium chasei is a mini-miniature sized orchid species from Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia.  Another epiphyte – a plant that grows upon another plant, Macroclinium chasei plants produce small, fan shaped leaves and tiny white flowers.  Macroclinium chasei originates from a wet and very humid environment.  This diminutive Macroclinium species grows upon the twiggy branches and trunks of trees, growing in hot, evergreen, tropical forests.

I was given this Phalaenopsis by two of my best friends, it’s a great little plant!  Phalaenopsis ‘Purple Princess’ is a miniature to small sized Phalaenopsis hybrid; plants grow to around 10-15cm (4-6 inches) tall.  ‘Purple Princess’ plants produce rather striking, cerise to Fuchsia pink coloured flowers.  Each ‘Purple Princess’ bloom features attractive, speckled markings at its centre, while the flower’s petals and sepals are highlighted with a very fine, white picotee edging.

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. 

Ornithocephalus manabina is a miniature sized, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Ecuador.  This is such an attractive orchid species; plants produce delicate sprays of elegant, white flowers.

I love Ornithocephalus manabina’s fan shaped leaves, they are very useful and add architectural, year round interest to the terrarium.  This orchid species will add enhance your enclosure, even when your plant is not in flower.

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.

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 this orchid: ‘Phalaenopsis pallens’ means the ‘pale Phalaenopsis’, which refers to this orchid’s yellow coloured flowers. 

Paphiopedilum henryanum is a rare lithophytic and terrestrial orchid species that originates from China and Vietnam.  In the wild, these orchids grow on cliffs and in inaccessible areas.  Paphiopedilum henryanum plants can be found growing on limestone rocks and in open, free draining soils.

Paphiopedilum henryanum was discovered in the 1980s.  As is so often the case, I am sorry to say that Paphiopedilum henryanum is now a critically endangered orchid species.