365 days of orchids – day 587 – Adenoncos parviflora

One of our most reliable miniatures is this tiny vandaceous species from South East Asia and Malaysia.

The species grows in low montane and hill forest from 300-1300m and so it is very at home in our Warm Asia section. We grow this species on a small piece of cork bark as you can see in the photo. This shows the plant off in a natural way and stops it getting smothered by moss. We spray it with water once a day.

The flower is tiny but very attractive as long as you have good eye sight or a macro lens. We guess it must be pollinated by a gnat or a tiny ant as it is close to the stem. Flowers are produced throughout the year and are always a point of interest. We are pleased that the plants here has started to produce side shoots and so is slowly heading towards becoming a specimen.

Here is a photo from last year with Joe for scale.



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  1. Agnes Jones says:

    I can’t believe how tiny this flower is. Not one for vintage eyesight Simon! Do these orchids get more than one bunch of flowers on their stem?

    • Simon Pugh-Jones says:

      One bucnch at a time seems the norm and this is why we are excited to see side branches.Thank goodness lenses have been invented!