365 days of orchids – day 79 – Trichoglottis pusilla
This miniature orchid is native to Java where it gorws in rain forest from 1000 to 2000m altitude. It is a true miniature with a leaf span of 5cm but large dramatic flowers which hang down from the plant. Pusilla means tiny and so this is the tiny Trichoglottis.
We grow this species mounted in Warm Asia where it lives high up but shaded on a mesh frame that allows good air movement but easy spraying with rain water and feed every day. Since mounting it is developing the extensive root system typical of plants evolved for habitats with seasonal dry periods where most of the mass of the plants is roots rather than leaves and so loss of water through transpiration is kept to a minimum.