Mini Stenoglottis

As a city dweller with limited growing space, I can always appreciate a mini orchid. I was immediately intrigued by this charmer in a 2-inch (5-cm) flowerpot for sale at last winter’s Pacific Orchid Expo. My reward came a few months later with these tiny, light pink blooms. While this species’ flower spike can reach 7 inches (18 cm) or more, mine topped out around 5 inches (13 cm) tall.

Mini Stenoglottis species showing leaves and flowersStenoglottis flowersMini Stenoglottis flower close up

Rare in its native range, this terrestrial species is known from just a few places in South Africa and Zimbabwe. In cultivation, it doesn’t want much water. Most days I spray it with the mister, and only give it a thorough watering when the soil looks dry. Its thin leaves can burn in direct sun, so I keep it in bright light and good humidity with minimal morning sun.

Stenoglottis flowers and leavesStenoglottis flowersLarger flowers of a larger, related Stenoglottis species

A larger Stenoglottis relative shows off bigger flowers with more purple spots in the final photo. Both the larger species and the mini are deciduous. After dropping their leaves, they need to stay cool and dry over winter dormancy. Water once or twice per month to keep underground tubers from drying. New leaves emerge in spring.

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3 Comments on “Mini Stenoglottis”

  1. mylescorreia Says:

    So tiny and cute! What’s up to all, the contents existing at this web page are actually awesome for orchid knowledge, well, keep up the good work fellows.

  2. Suzanne Says:

    Always like cool stuff!

  3. Danis Kerem Says:

    Adorable 🙂 They look so tiny!