The orchid in the photo is one of my beloved miniatures. Stenoglottis Woodii is native to South Africa, and it is deciduous. When I bought it, there were just a few dead leaves on top of the soil. I followed the grower’s instructions, and watered it very lightly while it was dormant. I was thrilled when green shoots began to push up through the soil in March, and even more thrilled when I saw that the plant was in spike and would soon flower.
The flowers are very delicate – in perfect proportion with the rest of the plant, which is about 3 1/2 inches tall.
And here’s tiniest orchid in my collection – no more than 1 1/4 inches tall. I have placed a quarter next to it, so you can get an idea of just how small it is. Pleurothallis alata is native to Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. When I bought it, it had what looked like spent flower stems, but the grower told me not to cut them. I followed her advice, and a couple of weeks ago, I was astonished to see that it was in flower, but that the blooms were so tiny, I hadn’t even noticed!
Miniature orchids are right up my alley, because they live happily on windowsills, and bloom at different times throughout the year so I almost always have something in flower.
I apologize for the less than stellar quality of the photos. I had a heck of a time shooting these miniscule plants.