Miltonia cuneata

Miltonia cuneata

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

Miltonia cuneata is an epiphytic orchid from the genus Miltonia.


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.


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.


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


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.


Common name: Wedge-shaped Miltonia


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

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