Friday, August 3, 2012

BD Gift

I was given this orchid specimen a few days ago. It's an AM/AOS awarded Miltonia spectabilis var. Morelliana. This beautiful orchid species has fully opened flowers today, which is, drum roll..... please.... my BD. How about that! Kisses and hugs are welcome! No guys, please!

Miltonia spectabilis is an outstanding Miltonia. It is a species of orchid occurring in extreme eastern Brazil and has been erroneously reported to be native of Venezuela. Being the largest flowered of the species of this genus. Miltonia spectabilis is a very common species in the rain forests of the States of Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo, following the Serra do Mar, which runs somewhat parallel to the coast. This species occurs in altitudes between 400 meters (1300 ft.) and 1000 meters (about 3300 ft.). It probably extends into the State of São Paulo. The Brazilian Miltonias usually produce flowers that open in succession on long inflorescences but the Miltonia spectabilis var. Morelliana, this one, warm growing, produces fewer flowers on much shorter flower stems; and this species stands out among its peers.

The flowers of Miltonia spectabilis are the largest and fullest in the genus, especially due to the uniformly dark colored wide lips which earned this species the AM/AOS award. This incredible species of orchid from Brazil is spectacular today with its dark purple flowers wearing the fragrance of black licorice. The flowers are expected to last 6 - 8 weeks.

1 comment:

Miami Native said...

Happy Birthday, Lan!