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Taeniophyllum, Philippine Orchids

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    This miniature, leafless, vandaceous orchid I have found and collected in the large tree near the river from our place in Bukidnon province, Mindanao island. They look like a Spanish Moss far away distance. They also look like dead roots in the decaying branches. This plant loves cool moist air and prefers 30% light in the place where I collected and found.

    For most of the hobbyists, this type of plant is not a typical plant to grow at home but only an expert can manage how to grow in beauty. It is not appealing to the eye for most people noticed this as weeds.

    The closed up look for flowers is difficult to manage with my cellphone and also difficult to identify too.

    Could somebody possibly identify this lovely plant and one of the smallest orchid flower in the world?
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    This one is found along the cool dry barks of Sorrel Tree (Averrhoa bilimbi) in our place.
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    How strange and cool. Do the flowers in post one open up any more? They almost appear as buds.

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    In the first specie above is already opened. It's too difficult to have a close-up look with my cellphone camera to its petals, sepals, and lip details because it is 3mm in size and the second specie is 2mm in size.

    Flowers don't fully opened. When they are pollinated, they are visited by small ants.

    It's my first time to collect and grow with them.

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    hi derek, nice find!
    for those "minis" you would need a very good camera and lens.
    cant help with id, but jim is always interested in those.
    one thing i noticed with this genus, they are quite hardy and can withstand our heat and dry spells, i mount em on treefern.

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    Well, if I get enough money to spend, I would surely buy a good camera that can magnify tiny objects such as this delicate "mini plant".

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