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Orchid Species: Miltoniopsis vexillaria

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)
Miltoniopsis vexillaria is an orchid species identified by (Rchb.f.) God.-Leb. in 1889.
Miltoniopsis (Mps.)
(name currently accepted by Kew)
(Rchb.f.) God.-Leb.
ORIGIN: From Antioquia, Risaralda and Valle de cauca departments of Colombia and northern Ecuador and is found at an altitude of 1000-2200 meters at the edges of very wet montane cloud forests.

DESCRIPTION: The type species for Miltonopsis is an erect, small sized, cool to cold growing, epiphytic orchid with oblong-ellipsoid, compressed, ancipitous on the edges, gray green pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, distichous, imbricating sheaths with the uppermost 3 to 6 being foliaceous and carrying a single apical, strap-like, acute, pale gray green leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a basal, lateral, slender, arching 12 to 20 [30 to 50 cm] long inflorescence that has small lanceolate bracts, arising on a mature pseudobulb and carrying about 4 to 9, flat flowers.

FLOWER SIZE: 3 to 4 inches [7.5 to 10 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Odontoglossum Odm vexillarium 1876 Rchb.f.
Add+ Miltonia Milt vexillaria 1886 (Rchb.f.) G.Nicholson
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