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Miltonia clowesii
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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
SubTribe: Oncidiinae
Genus: Miltonia
Species: Milt. clowesii
Binomial name
Miltonia clowesii
Lindl. 1839

Miltonia clowesii is an epiphytic orchid from the genus Miltonia.


Inflorescences bear normally 6 to 8 flowers, and the flowers are 8 cm in diameter. Sepals and petals are yellow-brown with dark maroon spots, and the lip is white with pink markings at it's base.


Three natural hybrids have been described: Miltonia x bluntii (x Miltonia spectabilis), Miltonia x castanea (x Miltonia regnellii) and Miltonia x lamarckiana (x Miltonia candida).

First articifial hybrid was Miltonia Goodale Moir (x Miltonia flavescens), registered in 1954 by Woodlawn. Subsequently, Miltonia has been used 26 further times for hybridization (status 2007), mainly in generating Miltonia and Miltassia hybrids.


Plants are found in the Brazilian states Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and Espirito Santo, growing epiphytically on mostly solitary trees in forests of the mountain regions at elevations between 300 and 1,000 meters.


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: Clowes' Miltonia


  1. Odontoglossum clowesii Lindl. 1839
  2. Brassia clowesii (Lindl.) Lindl. 1844
  3. Oncidium clowesii (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1854
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