!Miltonia spectabilis Lindl. 1837

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


Common Name The Outstanding Miltonia

Flower Size to 4" [to 10 cm]

Found in Brazil at elevations around 800 meters, as a medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte that has ovate-oblong, compressed, yellowy pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, linear-ligulate, rounded apically leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a racemose, axillary, erect or arching, to 8" [20 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising with a new pseudobulb growth and subtended by imbricating sheaths and bracts that completely cover the ovary.

It is normal for the foliage and pseudobulbs to have a yellowish color and is actually a sign of perfect lighting which should be bright.

Synonyms Macrochilus fryanus Kns. & Westc. 1838; Miltonia bicolor Lodd. ex Buyss. 1878; Miltonia spectabilis var. aspersa Rchb.f. 1885; Miltonia spectabilis var. bicolor G.Nicholson 1886; Miltonia spectabilis var. lineata L.Linden & Rodigas 1886; Miltonia spectabilis var. porphyroglossa Rchb.f. 1856; Miltonia spectabilis var. virginalis Lem 1868; Miltonia spectabilis var. radians Rchb.f. 1856; Oncidium spectabile [Lindl.] Rchb.f 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 6 1961; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 not = M moreliana; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 No 8 1968; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 1 1970 photo; OS Bulletin Vol 39 No 3 1970; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 5 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 6 1973 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 2 Pabst - Dungs 1977 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 10 1978 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 9 1986 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 #10 1995 photo not = M moreliana; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 11 2000 photo; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #10 2011 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #10 2019 photo fide;

Miltonia spectabilis var alba

Photo by Bill Garris

Miltonia spectabilis var roseum - See M moreliana

Photo by Jay Pfahl


A rose colored variety.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 37 No 6 1973 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 #10 1978 as M spectabilis var virginalis photo fide;

Miltonia spectabilis var. rosea Lem. 1867

Photo by W W G MoirAnother Color version of the previous species.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 6 1961 photo;

!Miltonia spectabilis var. semi-alba Lindley 1837

Photo by Jay Pfahl


Also from Brazil, likes to be on tree fern mounts or in wood slat baskets and is a cool to hot growing plant that blooms through the summer and fall.