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Miltonia cuneata

Miltonia cuneata

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
SubTribe: Oncidiinae
Genus: Miltonia
Species: Milt. cuneata
Alliance:
Binomial name
Miltonia cuneata
Lindl. 1844


Miltonia cuneata is an epiphytic orchid from the genus Miltonia.

DistributionEdit

Plants are found in the Brazilian states Espirito Santo, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, growing epiphytically in forests of mountain regions with high humidity at elevations between up to 1,400 meters.

DescriptionEdit

Plants bloom around February to March in culture. Inflorescences bear normally 4 to 6 flowers, and the flowers are 6 - 7 cm wide. Sepals and petals are yellow with big maroon spots, and the lip is white with lavender markings at it's base.

HybridsEdit

No natural hybrids have been described, and up to now only 4 artificial hybrids have been registered (status 2007).

CultureEdit

Grow in intermediate conditions with moderate light during Summer, and more light during Winter. During the growing period, high humidity is essential for successful cultivation (which makes them not so easy to grow in a windowsill). The pot medium should not dry out completely when growing, but sufficient drainage is needed to avoid root rot. At all time mist the plants frequently, if possibly in the morning to mimic the morning dew of the natural habitat. Plants should be potted in a well drain medium such as medium fir bark.


NamingEdit

Common name: Wedge-shaped Miltonia

SynonymsEdit

  1. Miltonia speciosa Klotzsch 1855
  2. Miltonia velloziana Ruschi & La Gasa 1975
  3. Oncidium cuneatum (Lind.) Beer 1854

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