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

Miltonia flavescens is an epiphytic orchid from the genus Miltonia.


Plants bloom between September and January in nature, and between April and June in culture. Inflorescences bear normally 5 to 10 flowers, and the star shaped, white-yellowish flowers are 7 - 8 cm wide.


Only one natural hybrid has been described: Miltonia x festiva (x Miltonia spectabilis).

First articifial hybrid was the still widespread Miltonia Goodale Moir (x Miltonia clowesii), registered in 1954 by Woodlawn. Well known is the clone Miltonia Goodale Moir "Golden Wonder" of this beautiful hybrid.

In intergeneric breeding, Miltonia flavescens was mostly crossed to species like Oncidium schroederianum (= Miltonidium Vanessa Baumann), Brassia verrucosa (= Miltassia Aristocrat) or Aspasia principissa (= Milpasia Gold Star).


Plants are found in Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, growing epiphytically in forests of the lower mountain regions, at elevations between 600 and 900 meters. In the natural habitat, plants are exposed to high light levels, high day-night temperature differences and a more marked dry period compared to other Miltonia species.


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: Yellowish Miltonia


  1. Cyrtochilum flavescens (Lindl.) 1838
  2. Miltonia loddigesii Hort. ex Rchb.f. 1856
  3. Oncidium flavescens (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1863
  4. Cyrtochilum stellatum Lindl. 1838
  5. Miltonia stellata (Lindl.) Lindl. 1839
  6. Oncidium stellatum (Lind.) Beer 1854
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