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 Miltonia subsp. var.  
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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Miltonia (named for Lord Fitzwilliam, Viscount Milton, a patron of horticulture). Orchidaceae. Some of the most beautiful orchids in cultivation, with pseudobulbs closely clustered and sheathed with long graceful dark green leaves, forming plants over 1 foot in diameter, bearing numerous large flowers.

Herbs, with short pseudobulbs, Bearing 1-2 lvs. at the summit and few or many sheathing lvs. at the base: the infl, arises from the base of the pseudobulbs, and consists of a single-fld. peduncle or of a loose raceme of long-pedicelled fls.: sepals sub-equal, spreading, free or the lateral ones slightly united; petals similar or a little wider; labellum not distinctly clawed, large, expanded, not 3-lobed, but often bifid at the apex; both the segms. and the labellum are expanded, forming a flat fl.; column short.—About 20 species, mostly from Brazil. M. Roezlii, M. vexillaria, and some closely related kinds were until recently known in gardens as odontoglossums. In the group containing the "true" miltonias, the pseudobulbs are separated from each other on the rhizome, and bear 1-2 yellowish green lvs. at the summit and few sheathing lvs. of the same color at the base. The fls. of nearly all miltonias remain on the plants in a fresh condition for a month or more. The leading species run into many horticultural forms listed under Latin names.

M.Bertii—l. Bleuana x M. vexillaria.—M. Bleuana, Hort. (Miltoniopsie Bleui, Bleu)-.M. vexillaria x M. Roezlii. In habit like M. vexillaria: fls. 3—4 in. across; sepals and petals white, the latter purple-stained at base; lip nearly orbicular, notched at apex, white veined with pink in front of the yellow disk. Intermediate between the parents. A.F. 6:631; 9:1087. G. F. 5:198, 199. J.H. III. 68:277. O. 1913:104.— M. Bleuana grandiflora, a large- fld. form. G.M. 57:267.—M. Bleuana Peetersiae, Hort.-M. Bleuana Peetersii M. Roeslii x M. vexillaria Leopoldii) x M. Bleuana. Sepals and petals rose-purple below, the color on the sepals lighter; lip with the yellow crest crimson-bordered, with a rose band in front. G.C. III. 49:274.—M. Bleuana Stevensii, a dwarf variety with white fls. and lip crimson-striped.—M. Bluntii Lubbersiana, Reichb. f. Fls. about 4 in. across; sepals and petals light yellow, blotched and barred with brown; lip purple at base, lined red-brown, the nearly orbicular front lobe lighter. Supposed to be a natural hybrid between M. spectabilis X M. Clowesii. G. 29:563. —M.Charlesworthii-M. vexillaria "G. D. Owen" x M. Hyeana.—M. festiva —M. spectabilis x M. flavescens. probably.—M. Hyeana-M. Bleuana x M. vexillaria var. Leopoldii.—M. radiola, Hort. "Fls. larger, white, shaded purple, and heavily blotched with purple and yellow."—M. Robsonae -M. Roezilii x M. vexillaria "Queen Alexandra."—M. Rogersonii, Hort. "Like a large pale M. vexillaria."—M. Sanderae, Hort. Fls. pale with a dark maroon eye. Hybrid between M. St. Andre x M. vexillaria "G. D. Owen." Gn. 77, p. 352.—M. Schroedcriana, Hort. Raceme 7-9-fld.; fls. 2H in- long, fragrant; sepals and petals brown, yellow-marked; petals falcate, turned toward dorsal sepal; lip pandurate, rose-purple at base, the apex white. Cent. Amer. I;. 2:96.—M. travassonsiana, Hort. Apparently a form of M. Regnellii with yellow sepals and petals.

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