Trichoglottis pusilla – 365 days of orchids – day 1164
This species won miniature orchid of the year, 2019, in our public vote, and I understand why.
The plants are tiny (5cm across) and the flowers are relatively large and wonderfully striped.
Trichoglottis pusilla is native to Java where it grows in rain forest from 1000 to 2000m altitude. 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.
As you can see we have two clones that are different in the flower shape and habit but in recent years the two clones’ flowers open within a day of each other. The flowers are long lasting and will be a treat for any visitors over the next four weeks.