genus was named in 1837, in honor of Charles Wentworth-FitzWilliam, 5th Earl FitzWilliam, Viscount Milton (1786-1857), three times President of the Royal Statistical Society (1838-40, 1847-49 and 1853-55).
You will find many books
and hobbist that still refer to the Miltoniopsis
species as Miltonia
s. The Miltoniopsis
orchids are a favorite of many orchid hobbyist, because they produce some of the most fascinating and colorful blooms in nature.
The flowers are rounded, flat and come in an array of colors like the common garden pansies. The centers of the blooms which are called the "mask" are the center of attention. Many blooms have a waterfall effect made from small dots and bars and others have faces like cartoon characters.
The blooms are borne on small spikes and are often very large compared to the plant. As cut flowers the blooms do not last long but on the plant they can last up to 60 days.
The leaves are sword-shaped and are light green in color, which make this a very pretty plant. The blooms come in colors of creams, purples, pinks, and browns.
I have always preferred to purchase my Miltonia
s and Miltoniopsis
in bloom because of the array of differences that can be found in the blooms. When I cannot purchase the orchid in bloom I try and see a photograph.
I love the types displaying beautiful "waterfall" patterned flowers.