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Miltonia Goodale Moir is a hybrid registered in 1954 by Woodlawn between Miltonia flavescens and Miltonia clowesii. Both relatives come from the Mata Atlântica, the old South American jungle that bordered the continent, from what is today the state of Rio Grande do Norte to the south, passing through Paraguay, until it ends in the remains of the jungle that remain in the Argentine province of Misiones. Of all the Atlantic forests of South America may be the most depleted; only small areas remain, some under protection, others protected by inaccessibility of the land and highly threatened.
The species that come from these forests, are currently considered the genus Miltonia. Species related species that come from the Andean forests, in need of fresh night temperatures, are classified today as Miltoniopsis (although in the florists they are the hybrids of Miltoniopsis , with their large flowers, those that are generically sold under the old name of Miltonia. Miltonia flavescens , large, starry flowers with colored petals cream and a white lip with red stripes and dot, contributes the size and shape of the flower. Miltonia clowesii, variable species, contributes color and ... design: combination of background colors and spots. Miltonia is a genus that forms natural hybrids easily, but our hybrid does not occur naturally in the Atlantic forest, it is an artificial combination.
Miltonia Goodale Moir ha survived sixty years since it was recorded in the rhs, which gives an idea of ​​how spectacularly combine the flowers of this primary hybrid design and colors. Most of the hybrids resulting from the industrial production of orchids for the floriculture market, are replaced by new crosses within a few years.

The first is that for some reason, Miltonia's primary hybrids are spectacular, but when they are used as parents, the results are almost always mediocre. Nor are they very compatible Miltonia with Miltoniopsis - there are hybrids, but few. So that their own offspring do not get the competition - in fact, most of the primary hybrids of Miltonia , both natural and artificial, are still found today in collections. p> Big flowers of about 8cm, will Miltonia Goodale Moir really be?

The second aid came because of the temperature. The species that now make up the genus Miltoniopsis , have white, purple and red flowers, with central spots as a very peculiar 'facial mask', which give them a distant similar to the flowers of thoughts (Viola) . Suzan Bogdanov (Odontonia x Miltonia [Miltoniopsis]), a complex hybrid with Miltoniopsis, did not survive the first insular summer

Odontonia (today: Oncidiopsis) p> Similarly, the Andean Miltoniopsis love the night freshness (they are high mountain), they hybridize very well between them and related genera like Oncidium, Odontoglossum em> and Cochlioda , bring the size and color of their flowers and their rapid growth. In addition they transmit some tolerance to low temperatures, something that for the European and North American markets of potted plant has obvious advantages.
Once the spectacular hybrids between Miltoni (opsis) and Odontoglossum at the end of the 19th century, the progress of this group of orchids was unstoppable. One of them, Vuylsteckeara Cambria (1931, Charlesworth) would later 'lend' its name to a whole group of complex hybrids that are generically marketed as 'Cambrias'.

Miltonias 'Brazilian' were relegated to the background. But what in Victorian England and among world wars was a relative advantage, in postwar central heating houses - and the rise of orchids as plants available to the general public - proved to be a disadvantage. Little by little the species that require cold, freshness and maximum ventilation were replaced by those that are adapted to the warmer environments and with less demand for ventilation.

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And the Miltonias returned and their primary hybrids. And the hybrids with Brassia , but that is another issue.

Of course, 'Golden Wonder' is not; it will be necessary to wait for a second flowering before assuring that neither is Miltonia Goodale Moir

The photos of the seller of my plant - Claessen Orchideeën - now under the name of M. Goodale Moir 'Golden Wonder', are certainly NOT 'Golden Wonder'. What's more, the photos show different crosses. The flower with red / orange marks superimposed on the basal purple spot is not Goodale Moir and is not even Miltonia : it is one of the few Milmylia (Miltonia x Miltoniopsis) , probably Milmiltonia Sunset. Unfortunately the Sunset epithet has been used several times in Miltonia / Milmiltonia, both as a grex name (cross) and to name clones. The confusion is served.

If any of the flowers had only a single purple stain on the white center of the lip ... we would know more! There is one more possibility - which is also mentioned by the expert in orchids of infojardín: that the plant that now flourishes in my collection is actually a hybrid of Miltonia < / em> Goodale Moir con Miltonia candida . This crossing was recorded in the rhs in 1996 under the name of Miltonia Bastian Widmer. Usually have purple spots in the center of the lip. Miltonia cf. Bastian Widmer?

The fifth flower also has no blemishes.
I wrote the seller. We'll see what he answers.

The flowers are less and less like Miltonia Goodale Moir y más a Miltonia Bastian Widmer. p> Suggestions are welcome.

  • Adam Floyd