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.
Phalaenopsis ‘Purple Princess’ is a miniature to small sized Phalaenopsis hybrid; plants grow to around 10-15cm (4-6 inches) tall. ‘Purple Princess’ Phalaenopsis 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.
The Royal Horticultural Society have awarded Phalaenopsis ‘Purple Princess’ with an Award of Garden Merit, or AGM.
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 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.
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 (62F) and 25C (77F).
I have found that Diplocaulobium chrysotropis grow best when watered between three and five times a week.
Ceratocentron fesselii is an epiphytic plant. This is a mini-miniature orchid species, which is endemic to the mountain range of Nueva Ecija, on Luzon Island.
This miniature orchid is critically endangered. Sadly despite its rarity, Ceratocentron fesselii is still being over collected. Instead of allowing this orchid the chance to succeed in the wild; some humans are still greedily hunting this plant, for their own financial gain.
Trichoglottis pusilla is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Java, Sumatra, and Indonesia, where this orchid can be found growing near the tops of trees, in forested areas.
Trichoglottis pusilla produces fragrant, large white flowers, which are marked with bright, clear red stripes, giving this orchid a very noticeable, candy cane striped bloom. Plants have dark green coloured leaves.
Macroclinium manabinum is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which is endemic to Manabi in Ecuador, where this miniature sized orchid can be found growing upon trees, in forest areas.
Macroclinium manabinum favours growing in areas that enjoy warm to hot temperatures and filtered, diffused light. This orchid grows in drier conditions than many other orchid species, making this plant a great choice for a drier, less humid environment.
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 bark, without any moss, in bright, filtered, diffused light, in temperatures which range from 16C to 20C.
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 not in flower. This orchid produces very large, predominantly yellow inflorescences, which have red-maroon markings.
Aerangis mystacidii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from Africa, Malawi, and Zambia, where this particular orchid species is found growing upon trees, in forests, close to streams, pools, and springs.
Aerangis mystacidii produces pendent flower spikes, which bear up to twenty, beautiful white, fragrant flowers. Accordingly, although this is most definitely a miniature orchid while the plants are not in bloom, additional space is required to accommodate this orchid’s flowers, whilst Aerangis mystacidii is flowering.
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 viewed in comparison to the diminutive size of this miniature orchid species.
Ceratochilus biglandulosus appreciates cool to intermediate growing conditions, with bright, but diffused light, and high humidity.
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.
This is another super cute Phalaenopsis species; I love Phalaenopsis lobbii‘s cheerful flowers. Once Phalaenopsis lobbii reaches flowering size, this miniature orchid flowers reliably each springtime. Phalaenopsis lobbii grows readily in a humid environment, in bright, filtered light.
Restrepia seketii is a miniature orchid species that originates from the cloud forests in North Colombia. A cool growing, epiphytic orchid species, Restrepia seketii is smaller than the other Restrepia species that are featured in my Miniature Orchid Trials.
To see photographs of Restrepia seketii in bloom, and discover how long this miniature orchid typically flowers for, please click here.
Schoenorchis fragrans is a miniature epiphytic orchid species that can be found growing in India, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and China, where this orchid grows upon trees, 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.
I purchased my first Schoenorchis fragrans in October 2016, but the plant arrived with a number of problems – notably an infestation of various pests.
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 that cascade over streams and rivers, or upon trees, growing in areas near water.
In its native environment, Phalaenopsis parishii plants would naturally experience a drier season in winter.
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 growing in humid, damp conditions in dappled shade. Mediocalcar decoratum thrives in moist conditions, this plant would enjoy being misted heavily every morning.
Flowering from autumn until spring, Mediocalcar decoratum produces attractive, brightly coloured, bulbous, bell-shaped, yellow and orange flowers which are long lasting.
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 Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir (part three).
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 (0.4 inch) in size.
If you’re thinking of growing this miniature orchid, ensure that you can offer your plant growing conditions that remain constantly and reliably above a minimum temperature of 12 C (53F).
Found in Venezuela and Colombia, Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ is an epiphytic, miniature orchid species that can be found growing in wet, mountainous 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 flowers en masse. You can see Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ in full bloom in this update here.