Miltoniopsis phalaenopsis (Linden & Rchb. f.) Garay & Dunst. 1976 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Plant and Flower Photo by Patricia Harding

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Common Name The Phalaenopsis-Like Miltoniopsis

Flower Size 2 to 2 1/2" [5 to 5.75 cm]

Found in Cundinarca and Norte de Santander departments of Colombia at elevations of 1200 to 1500 meters in cloud forests in heavy shade and high humidity as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte withovoid, compressed, pale green pseudobulbs and carries a single, apcial, linear, pale green, acuminate leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on an axillary, basal, 10" [25 cm] long, racemose inflorescence that is shorter than the leaves and has 3 to 5, flat flowers.

Synonyms Miltonia phalaenopsis (Linden & Rchb. f.) G. Nicholson 1886; Miltonia pulchella hort. ex Linden 1868; *Odontoglossum phalaenopsis Linden & Rchb. f. 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Odontoglossum phalaenopsis; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as Miltonia phalaenopsis; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Odontoglossum phalaenopsis; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Miltonia phalaenopsis drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 10 1960 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Miltonia phalaenopsis photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 3 1970; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 10 1978 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 9 1980 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 5 1981 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 10 1982 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 7 1992 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 9 1993 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 photo good; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 3 1998 photo; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 photo; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide

Miltoniopsis phalaenopsis (Linden & Rchb. f.) Garay & Dunst. 1976 var alba Photo by Jay Pfahl

A albino form of the previous species.

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