Stelis tridentata is a miniature orchid species that grows as an epiphyte – instead of growing in the soil – this orchid grows upon other plants. In the wild, Stelis tridentata plants can be found growing upon trees in the rainforests of Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, and Costa Rica. Stelis tridentata grows in cloud forests, where these plants flourish in this humid environment.
These orchids produce spires of tiny, cream coloured flowers that protrude up above the plant’s leaves. Stelis tridentata flowers are tiny but they’re very pretty; as this orchid’s flowers are held above the foliage, this means that Stelis tridentata flowers are visible, so you won’t miss these spikes of delightfully dainty blooms!
Although Stelis tridentata grows as an epiphyte in its native environment, in cultivation these orchids can be grown epiphytically – mounted on cork bark or on a piece of wood. Alternatively, Stelis tridentata plants can be grown in tiny containers filled with medium sized pieces of cork bark or leca.
This is a cool growing orchid species. Stelis tridentata thrives in temperatures of around 15-21C (60-70F) during the daytime, alongside cooler temperatures of 10-13C (50-55F), at night.
Stelis tridentata is great little orchid for a shaded area. This orchid species simply thrives in the shade or in areas that enjoy soft, indirect light. Take care to keep this orchid species far away from bright or harsh lighting. In addition to indirect light, Stelis tridentata requires a very humid environment for the plants to flourish. These orchids will need regular misting with rainwater (if you can’t collect rainwater, use reverse osmosis water or deionised water) to create the humid conditions that Stelis tridentata plants enjoy.
I have found that Stelis tridentata is a great choice of miniature orchid to grow inside a bottle garden, a terrarium, or orchidarium.
Articles that mention Stelis tridentata:
- Aug. 2018 – Mini Miniature Orchids for Terrariums, Vivariums, and Bottle Gardens
- Aug. 2015 – Beautiful Miniature Orchids to Grow in Terrariums
- Nov. 2014 – Planting List for Terrariums and Bottle Gardens