Trichoglottis pusilla- 365 days of orchids – day 1488

It may be cold and wet outside the greenhouse but inside the greenhouse we have some extraordinary warm miniature orchids, including Trichoglottis pusilla

Trichoglottis pusilla is a tiny species with a 5cm fan of dark green leaves and small sprays of relatively large flowers with delightful dark red stripes. Stripes are a common feature in Tricholglottis as shown by the summer flowering Trichoglottis smithii (below)

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 every day.


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