In the UK, Viscum album is normally referred to by its common name, Mistletoe.  Mistletoe grows up in the branches of trees where it forms spherical ball-shaped plants comprised of many stems holding pairs of lovely fresh-green coloured, leathery leaves.  This evergreen shrub produces tiny white flowers followed by shiny white berries.  The oval leaves are borne in pairs and are very attractive and are naturally enhanced by the edition of gleaming Mistletoe berries, which appear in September and take many months to ripen. 

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. 

Alocasia ‘Ninja’ plants thrive in a very humid environment making these plants ideally suited to growing inside a terrarium, vivarium, or bottle garden.  However, terrariums and bottle gardens are not universally the same, different enclosures will provide contrasting growing conditions.  When choosing a terrarium and deciding on a location to cultivate Alocasia ‘Ninja’, remember that these plants won’t be happy in a shaded environment – Alocasia ‘Ninja’ require bright but indirect light to be able to thrive. 

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. 

Phalaenopsis pulcherrima alba is the white flowered form of Phalaenopsis pulcherrima.  This is a small sized orchid species.  Plants usually grow as a terrestrial or lithophytic plants; although Phalaenopsis pulcherrima alba can also be grown as an epiphyte.

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. 

Microsaccus griffithii is a mini miniature sized orchid species from Borneo, Cambodia, Java, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sumatra, Thailand, and Vietnam.  This gorgeous orchid is an epiphyte; it grows upon another plant and does very well when mounted onto a piece of cork bark, a branch or a twig.

This miniature orchid thrives in intermediate temperatures.  Place your Microsaccus griffithii plant in a position where your plant will enjoy soft, indirect light. 

Selaginella uncinata is also called by its common name of Peacock Moss, which references the blue-green, almost metallic colour of this stunning evergreen perennial’s foliage, which has an almost iridescent appearance, resembling the colouring of the peacock’s feathers.  The colour of Selaginella uncinata‘s foliage is most pronounced when this plant is grown in more deeply shaded conditions, but plants can also be grown successfully in partial shade. 

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. 

Paphiopedilum esquirolei is an lithophytic, epiphytic, and terrestrial orchid species that originates from Vietnam, China, and Thailand.

Paphiopedilum esquirolei can be grown in a pot filled with an open, free draining, speciality orchid compost comprised of a mix of bark pieces, charcoal, and coconut husk.

Paphiopedilum esquirolei is often confused with Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum – of these two orchid species, Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum produces smaller flowers. 

Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum is a lithophytic and terrestrial orchid species that originates from a large number of locations, including: Assam, Myanmar, Vietnam, India, Thailand, China, and Laos, where this orchid grows upon cliff edges, on rocks, in rocky soil, or in leaf litter.

Given the range of altitudes that this orchid species will flourish in, the varied growing conditions that Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum will succeed in, and the number of countries I have listed as this orchid’s homelands, you could be forgiven for thinking that Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum is an orchid which is commonly found. 

Pilea cadierei has incredible obovate leaves in an amazing silver colour with attractive green veining over each leaf.  The silver and green colour combination really stands out and emphasises the true silver colouration of this interesting plant’s leaf.  The common name for Pilea cadierei is the Aluminium Plant.

Ensure Pilea cadierei plants are grown inside a warm room where temperatures won’t dip below 15C (60F). 

Ficus pumila is an evergreen climber, which is commonly known as the creeping fig.  Ficus pumila is a vigorous and robust, self-clinging climber, which can seemingly attach itself to even the smoothest of glass terrariums or vivariums with ease.  Ficus pumila forms a tall vine, which is covered in rather pretty heart-shaped leaves.

Ficus pumila can reach about 3m (10ft) in height – making this plant too unwieldy and unmanageable for most terrariums, although this climber can be pruned to maintain a shorter height.

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.  This orchid can be found growing in areas that enjoy both the shelter of trees, shrubs, and taller plants, yet receive bright sunlight and good air circulation. 

Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi is a species of epiphytic and lithophytic orchid that originates from Java, Bangladesh, Borneo, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Laos, Vietnam, Sumatra, 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 in the wet, tropical biome.  Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi plants can be found growing in both exposed and sheltered locations, with quite different light levels and conditions in their native environments.

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 found growing in both exposed and sheltered locations, with quite different light levels and conditions in their native environments.

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 rather large, dark reddish-purple coloured leaves, which have an attractive glossy sheen, they’re really quite reflective.

This miniature orchid species produces tall flowering stems that feature ten or more, red-orange, orange and yellow coloured flowers, which are very small in size – this Phalaenopsis species’ inflorescences are much smaller than most Phalaenopsis blooms – even those produced by much smaller plants.

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 grows as a terrestrial or lithophytic orchid; plants grow very successfully upon limestone rocks. 

Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia is a form of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which produces rather cute, white and yellow coloured flowers.  This miniature orchid’s pastel yellow coloured blooms are very pretty indeed.  This particular orchid is the yellow flowered form of Phalaenopsis lobbii.

Phalaenopsis lobbii f. flavilabia blooms from late winter, through to mid to late spring.  Spring is this Phalaenopsis species’ main flowering time, but this miniature orchid may bloom twice a year or more, given favourable growing conditions. 

Phalaenopsis taenialis is a miniature, epiphytic orchid species, which originates from a number of locations, including Bhutan, Myanmar, and the Himalayas.  In teh wild, these miniature orchids can be found growing at the tops of trees, on the edges of forests.

Please note that I previously listed my Phalaenopsis taenialis plants as Phalaenopsis braceana (which is the name I purchased this plant as)