Miniature Orchid Gastrochilus bigibbus


Gastrochilus bigibbus (Rchb. f. ex Hook. f.) Kuntze 1891 is an epiphytic growing, miniature orchid species, endemic to India (Sikkim), Bhutan, South China, Thailand (North, North East, West), Myanmar (formerly Burma), Laos and Vietnam.

The small, but very colourful Gastrochilus bigibbus flowers reach a size of just 1,5 - 2 cm. Flowering period: October. According to the World Checklist of selected plant families (Kew Monocot List) from Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, the botanical name Gastrochilus bigibbus is just accepted as a synonym. The accepted name is Gastrochilus obliquus var. obliquus, but by many botanical books and in trade the synonym for the miniature orchid is still in use. Gastrochilus bigibbus orchids are protected by CITES Appendix II (trade controlled to avoid use incompatible with species survival). The tropical orchid requires warm temperatures, a shady location and regularly waterings. After the flowering period watering should be restricted.

Gastrochilus bigibbus
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Image: Gastrochilus bigibbus
Photographer. Posantor “Chocolate” Saelie

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