365 days of orchids – day 438 – Platystele misasiana

  This tiny miniature is native to cloud forests in Colombia at around 2000m produces bushy little plants with 2cm leaves and masses of uptight flower spikes covered in tiny star like flowers. The flowers are amazingly long lasting and have been in flower now for eight weeks. We grow plants successfully in pots and […]


365 days of orchids – day 437 – Abdominea minimiflora

Minimiflora means ‘tiny flowered’ and this species lives up to its name. This miniature is found in Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines and grows as an epiphyte (on trees) or a lithophyte (on rocks) in hot lowland rainforest. The long lasting tiny flowers are about 1mm across with many produced in succession on a pendulous spikes […]


365 days of orchids – day 436 – Pleurothallis urceolata

  Many pleurothallis species are small plants or even tiny miniatures but some like this species are large dramatic plants with thousands of small flowers on a mature plant. This plant stands 60cm high and is still a relatively young plant. The flowers have been in bud (like tiny bird’s beaks) for a while and […]