Stelis gelida is also known as the ‘Frosted Pleurothallis,’ and is widely distributed throughout the Southeastern hemisphere. It also occurs in Cuba and Florida but is considered endangered in Florida, only occurring in the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. According to the North American Orchid Center this species can be found in large colonies of oak, pop ash, pond apple, and maple in cypress sloughs. The flower smells wonderful and is even strongly odorous through an enclosed glass tank. The blooms […]
This Bulbophyllum species is abundant where it occurs and found throughout Asia. As indicated by its species name, it is a fragrant bloomer! (rare for a Bulbophyllum). It likes shady conditions, with a few hours of good sun at most. Like most Bulbophyllums, it does well in terrarium conditions.
This grasslike orchid hails from Brazil, where it lives at elevations around 400m. The pseudobulbs are narrow and like to grow in open air. It much prefers to be loosely mounted, and without moss, ideally hanging off a branch or treefern pole in high humidity. It is not particularly tolerant of drying out, so should likely be for terrarium culture only.
This is the easiest orchid I know of! I’ve not had good success in the past growing orchids but this one is really hard to kill. It is equally well suited to life as a house plant as a terrarium plant and is tolerant of a wide variety of conditions. If grown as a terrarium plant it likes to be mounted to tree-fern without much or any sphagnum. If grown as a house plant, a well-drained pot of sphagnum works […]
This pendant orchid used to be Lepanthes nummularia, but has been reclassified to Andinia. It seems to be pretty hardy, and has been slowly growing for a few years. The room it’s in stays between 60-80F depending on the time of year. It’s being grown on a narrow branch in medium light.
For two years now I’ve been putting all my “stragglers” in this terrarium. Anything that isn’t doing well in my plant bins goes in here. The Bryophytes and orchids are just starting to come into their own, and this Pleurothallid is more or less always in bloom. There are also a trove of epiphytic ferns in here that I’m hopeful will create some nice colonies within the decade 🙂
by Chuck Nishihira At the top of Cerro Azul, near Panama City there is a very nice area that almost feels like a park. It is filled with smaller trees that seem old but are not very tall. The walking is easy and it makes for a nice peaceful day to walk around and photograph plants. The mountain is high enough to get a lot of mist from clouds rolling in, but its apparent that the area goes through dry […]