The World’s Smallest Orchid
The world of Orchids, continues to bloom and never subsides, especially for its loyal fans. Although many hybrid orchids have sprung up, fans of orchid species also continue to walk with enthusiasm.
Many large orchids are found, so that they are said to be “giant”. A few years ago the smallest orchid was also discovered, perhaps the smallest in the world.
Previously the title of the world’s smallest orchid was held by Platystele sp., an orchid from Ecuador which was discovered in 2009, measuring between 2 – 2.1 mm.
In 2010, a researcher from LIPI, Destario Metusala, discovered an orchid of the genus Oberonia from the Mentawai islands which has an even smaller size, which is between 1.1 – 1.5 mm.
world’s smallest orchid,
of the genus Oberonia
The discovery of orchids from the Oberonia genus, which is the smallest in the world, has not been published internationally, so this discovery cannot be officially recognized. The Oberonia genus which is widely distributed in Africa, India, Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands has received less attention, perhaps because it is considered less commercial.