Miltoniopsis cv.: Pansy Orchid

Miltoniopsis, abbreviated Mltnps in horticultural trade, is a genus of orchids. It consists of 5 species, native to Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Colombia. They are named after Lord Fitzwilliam Milton, an English orchid enthusiast. Miltoniopsis’s common name is Pansy Orchid.

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Miltoniopsis’ showy blossoms are flat and wide, the broad sepals and petals come in many colors. These two Miltoniopsis cv. are fairly bright pink.

The large, spreading lip bears small horns at its base that curl up around the column.  Notice the variation of colors radiating from the lips’  base [‘waterfall’ patches.]

Although the flowers are similar, Mitoniopsis differs from Miltonia by having one leaf to each pseudobulb, and a lobed column that is united to the labellum through a keel. In addition, the column is not concave at the base.

Photos: Cloud ForestGardens by the Bay, Singapore [20150515]

Source: Wikipedia

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