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Miltonia flavescens – 365 days of orchids – day 1630

This unusual orchid species is found in Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil and Peru, as an epiphyte at around 800m making it a little warmer growing that our Cool Americas section, and a little cooler growing than our Warm Americas section so we have tried plants in both sections, and in our experience plants prefer to be grown cooler and wetter in a free draining.

The flowers are a really unusual cream colour with attractive red spotting on the lip which bring to mind the flowers of Brassia species (se Brassia verrucosa below) which is pollinated by spider hunting wasps so I wonder if Miltonia flavescens has the same pollination strategy. Would you confuse Miltonia flavescens with a large South American spider?

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