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Abdominea minimiflora – 365 days of orchids – day 851

One of the smallest orchids flowering this week is this Asian miniature. Minimiflora means ‘tiny flowered’ and this species lives up to its name. The species 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 up to 10cm long. The span across the leaves is just 5cm but our plant seems determined to become a specimen against the odds and is developing additional growths and so eventually for a clump. The plant produces lots of roots when grown mounted and we hang it high in our Warm Asia section where it gets a daily watering from the hose.

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