Sunday, August 14, 2016

Miltoniopsis Herralexandre

Miltoniopsis Herralexandre
This was one of my favorite photos from the 2016 New York Orchid Show.  The elegant flowers of Miltoniopsis Herralexandre are just beginning to open. This orchid is a 1992 cross between Miltoniopsis Alexandre Dumas and Miltoniopsis Herrenhausen.  Following a tradition seen in many older hybrids, the name of the resulting orchid is a combination of the names of its two parents.

Genealogy of Miltoniopsis Herralexandre
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The breeding scheme of this hybrid shows how just 3 different miltoniopsis species (M. vexillaria, M. roezli, and M. phalaenopsis) were interbred over and over again to create Miltoniopsis Herralexandre.  Here are the three species shown below.

Progenitors of Miltoniopsis Herralexandre
Photo credits:
Miltoniopsis roezlii, Wikimedia commons image
Miltoniopsis phalaenopsis, Wikimedia commons image