Miltonia flavescens Lindley 1841

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Joseph Dougherty

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Common Name The Yellowish Miltonnia

Flower Size about 3" [to 7.5 cm]

A medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte from Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil and Peru at elevations around 800 meters, with ovate-oblong, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 1 or 2 leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2 apical, linear-ligulate, subacute or acute leaves which blooms in the spring through summer on a racemose, axillary from the base of the pseudobulb, erect or arching, to 14" [35 cm] long, 7 to 10, fragrant flowered inflorescence that is longer than the leaves and subtended by brown, membraneous sheaths and distichous, linear, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Cyrtochilum flavescens Lindley 1841; Cyrtochilum stellatum Lindley 1838; Irenea flavescens (Lindl.) Szlach., Mytnik, Górniak & Romowicz 2006; Miltonia flavescens var. grandiflora Regel 1887; Miltonia flavescens var. stellata (Lindl.) Regel 1887; Miltonia flavescens var. typica Regel 1887; Miltonia loddigesii Regel 1890 publ. 1891; Miltonia stellata hort. 1841; Oncidium flavescens [Lindley] Rchb.f 1863; Oncidium stellatum (Lindl.) Beer 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1872 as Oncidium flavescens drawing ok; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 3 1970; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 10 1978 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 11 1983 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 3 1987 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 11 1987 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 9 1995; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 drawing/photo fide; 100 Orquideas Argentinas Freuler 2005 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 9 2008 photo

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