Regulars will know that at the Orchid Project we are passionate about miniature orchids, and today we have one of our classic cloud forest species, the tiny miniature Trisetella hoeijeri.
The leaves of this species are just 8mm long and the tiny roots spread no further than 10mm from the plant. The flowers however are gigantic in comparison at nearly 4cm across.
The species is native to cloud forests in southern Ecuador at around 1800m altitude where it grows in moss and shade on trunks and lower branches.
We grow the species mounted and do not add moss when mounting as we find that moss can out compete the tiny plant but, as you can see, moss grows naturally under the conditions we give plants. Our plants grow in deep shade and water daily. We find that plants benefit from splitting before they get too large and start to go down hill when leaves start to die off and drop.
Another plant is shown below showing the fantastic display the species can give.
We are hosting a visit from the BBC Wildlife film unit next week. I am sure that they will fall in love with this gorgeous orchid and it will find its way to your screens sometime soon.