Miltonia moreliana A.Rich. 1848 Photo by Jay Pfahl

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Common Name Morel's Miltonia [French Orchid Nursery near Paris 1800's]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Venezuela and southeastern Bahia, Espiritu Santo, Rio de Janiero and Sao Paulo states of Brazil as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with ovate, very light green, laterally compressed, smooth, ancipitous pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, light green, spathulate, apically asymetric, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate base leaves that blooms in the summer on a basal, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped completely by imbricating, flat, thin bracts.

This species for years has been known as M spectabilis var moreliana and even though the current name was described in 1848 it has just become accepted as a separate species.

Synonyms Miltonia morelii B.S.Williams 1862; Miltonia rosea Verschaff. ex Lem. 1867; Miltonia spectabilis var. atrorubens Rolfe 1894; Miltonia spectabilis var moreliana Henfrey 1837; Miltonia warneri G.Nicholson 1886

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as M spectabilis var moreliana; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as M spectabilis var moreliana drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 10 1957 as M spectabilis var moreliana drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as M spectabilis var moreliana; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 as M spectabilis drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 5 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 6 1973 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 10 1978 photo; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 1 1982 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 2 1988 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 9 1995 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 10 1995 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 2 1997 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 as M spectabilis var moreliana photo fide; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 5 1998 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 9 2008 photo

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