Many species were attributed to Miltonia in the past, however, today, the species from Central America and from cooler areas on northwest of South America have been moved to other genera. Miltonia species have large and long lasting flowers, often in multifloral inflorescences. This fact, allied to being species that are easy to grow and to identify, make them a favourite of orchid collectors all over the world. Species of this genus are extensively used to produce artificial hybrids.
Despite the fact that Miltonia is now a well established genus, most of its species were originally classified under other genera as Cyrtochilum, Oncidium, Odontoglossum, and Brassia. All were discovered between 1834 and 1850 with the exception of M. kayasimae, discovered only in 1976. These epiphytic orchids occur from Central to Southern Brazil down to Argentina.
These orchids have two leaves, arising from a pseudobulbs, covered with a foliaceous sheath. The inflorescence consists of waxy, nonspurred flowers. The lip is large and flat and lacks a callus at its base. They possess a footless column with two hard pollinia. The flowers have a delicate, exotic scent, some compare to that of roses. They are named after Charles Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 5th Earl Fitzwilliam, formerly Viscount Milton, an English orchid enthusiast.
The species in this genus are sometimes referred to as the "pansy orchids", but it is the Miltoniopsis orchids that have flowers that closely resemble the pansy. Almost everyone except for the most serious orchid hobbyists use the name pansy orchids interchangeably, which may cause confusion. Miltonia looks more like Oncidiums than the other pansy orchids. The most "pansy-like" a Miltonia can get is the species Miltonia spectabilis.
The one shown here is "Miltonia Lavender Glade" ( Milt. spectabilis var. moreliarta X "Milt Belle Glade"). Easy to grow, has a nice scent and is free- flowering. It is a plant that will give much pleasure and few hassles!
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what a gorgeous colorReplyDelete
Thanks for letting me know it was a lotus on my blog:):) I'm regularly wrong as it pertains to flowers (but I don't mind - can't be an expert on every subject:)). This orchid has be beautiful color - can't remember seeing this one! Enjoy your weekend!ReplyDelete
Lovely flowers !!ReplyDelete
Beautiful colour! Groetjes HettyReplyDelete
It is such fun to travel round the entries and see the flowers in other places. Thank you for running this meme.
Such a pretty purple!ReplyDelete
thanks so much for hosting the flower site, I look forward to it each weeek. The colors on this one are stunners.ReplyDelete
I love this site, always enjoy your posts. My second entry has some fabric with poinsettia designs—hope that's OK!ReplyDelete
so beautiful blossoms, so lovely!
Have a nice weekend,
Beautiful purple orchids! Fantastic! Thank you for linking to Today's Flowers and I wish for you a very happy weekend :)ReplyDelete
Heisann, so beautiful. Have a nice weekend ;:OD)ReplyDelete
Lovely orchid. Have a blessed weekend.ReplyDelete
Beautiful capture and nice reading its fact!ReplyDelete
Very pretty purple petals! Too bad they don't grow in my town, Milton!ReplyDelete
I like your shot......ReplyDelete
Have a nice weekend.
I love this beautiful color !!ReplyDelete
"Miltonia Lavender Glade" - what a wonderfull Flower, Nick!ReplyDelete
Hi, I just found your blog through OBW, wonderful flower shots here! Have a good day, ManuelaReplyDelete
I've never seen this one before, thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
Miltonia, I did not know this beautiful orchid. The color is uniquely beautiful and definitely a highlight in the garden. Thank you for sharing,Nick, have a wonderful week, CarmenReplyDelete