Miltonia regnellii Rchb.f 1849

Flower Closeup Photo by Danny Lentz, plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Another Color Form Photos by Dale and Deni Borders

White color form Photo by Patricia Harding

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Common Name Regnell's Miltonia [Brazilian Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm]

This medium sized, cool to hot growing epiphytic species is found in eastern Brazil at elevations 300 to 800 meters in wet montane forests with ovate-oblong, compressed, pale yellow green pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, linear-ligulate, acute leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a racemose, to 16" [40 cm] long, axillary from the base of the pseudobulb, erect or arching, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence with successively opening, flat flowers.

This is a pink cultivar but it comes in a whiter form as well.

This species can be mounted or potted with cool to hot, semi-shaded conditions. They also appreciate ample water while growing and a drier winter rest after flowering.

Synonyms Miltonia cereola Lemaire 1865; Miltonia regnellii f. alba (Tessmer) Roeth 2005; Miltonia regnellii f. citrina (Cogn.) Roeth 2005; Miltonia regnellii f. purpurea (Dombrain) M.Wolff & O.Gruss 2007; Miltonia regnellii f. travassosiana (Cogn.) Roeth 2005; Miltonia regnellii f. veitchiana (Cogn.) Roeth 2005; Miltonia regnellii purpurea Dombrain 1870; Miltonia regnellii var. alba Tessmer 2003; Miltonia regnellii var. citrina Cogn. in C.A.Cogniaux & A.P.G.Goossens 1900; Miltonia regnellii var. travassosiana Cogn. 1900; Miltonia regnellii var. veitchiana Cogn. 1900; Oncidium regnellii [Rchb.f] Rchb.f 1864

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo ok; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 5 1973 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 6 1973 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 10 1978 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 3 1982 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 10 1995 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 photo fide;

Miltonia regnellii Rchb.f. var rosea 1849 Photo courtesy of Ralf Kappel from Leipzig Germany

A color variation of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006;