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Identify this tiny orchidarium plant please?

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    Question Identify this tiny orchidarium plant please?

    Some of you may remember back a couple years ago when I inherited an orchidarium from the family of a deceased orchid grower. The original owner was a professor at University of Arkansas and loved mini (and I mean tiny) little orchids. A few weeks after he passed, his brother was cleaning out his apartment and he contacted me to see if I wanted the orchids. He was sure they were all going to die and hated the idea of his late brothers plants drying up. I went expecting regular sized orchid plants (even brought along several boxes since he said there were probably 75-100 plants). When I got there, there were about 80 tiny little plants inside an orchidarium. He said I should take it too... So I did. Anyway, some time has passed and so have several of the tiny little orchids, but one in particular sort of died down to one or two tiny leaves and then this last year, it has started to grow. I put it down at the very bottom of the orchidarium since I thought t was a goner, but it seemed that is what it needed. Low light and high humidity.

    I don't think this is an orchid based on the flower, but I would like to know what kind of little plant this is so I can label it and calm my OCD-ness down a bit. hahaha....

    Anyway, if you recognize it, please let me know. The container is about 1.25 inches x 1.25 inches square. The little leaves are different sizes, but none above a 1/4 inch. The flower looks huge compared to the plant, but it is also really tiny. I used my mobile phone to take these photos. Thanks for the help.


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    Cheers,
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    This is the book I use to find the genus of unknown plants - covers all flowering plants in the world....published in 1965 , I show the 1989 reprint - likely to be still in print I think. Not too expensive I expect , mine was the equivalant of about US$ 12 when I bought it.
    Pity we are not nearer , you could pop round and borrow it... !
    I use it very occasionally, and generally find that once I have the genus, I can find some kind of guide which leads me to the species more easily - I say that since a certain amount of botanical expertise, with a lot of unfamiliar terms, is needed to use the book although there is a glossary, or I use the Oxford Dictionary of Life sciences words ( or some such title) when needed.

    Actually the flower looks quite familiar, and similar to a white flowered dangling plant I grow in my greenhouse - the leaves look much the same too - unfortunately it has lost its name tag, and it won't be in flower again until next summer for me to do a count on corolla parts, stamens etc etc to use the one I illustrate.

    The best of luck with your search .

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    It is a micro mini Sinningia. There are several species, Sinningia concinna, pusilla, muscicola, perhaps one more, and quite a few hybrids. From the spotting this appears to be Sinningia concinna or one of its hybrids. They need a terrarium environment, and will often self-seed abundantly. Whole plant just a couple inches across, and there is a tiny tuber. They will occasionally go dormant, but usually come back. Not to be confused with mini Sinningias, which tend to be more on the scale of an African violet

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaphMadMan View Post
    It is a micro mini Sinningia. There are several species, Sinningia concinna, pusilla, muscicola, perhaps one more, and quite a few hybrids. From the spotting this appears to be Sinningia concinna or one of its hybrids. They need a terrarium environment, and will often self-seed abundantly. Whole plant just a couple inches across, and there is a tiny tuber. They will occasionally go dormant, but usually come back. Not to be confused with mini Sinningias, which tend to be more on the scale of an African violet
    Kirk, thank you so much!! An Geoff, I will look for that book. You guys are awesome. Thank you, sincerely.

    cheers,
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