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Oncostele Jungle Ruby

This is a discussion on Oncostele Jungle Ruby within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Looks like a super-sized Miltonia moreliana. Got it a while back without ID but the ...

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    Default Oncostele Jungle Ruby

    Looks like a super-sized Miltonia moreliana. Got it a while back without ID but the flowers look identical to those on a commercial nursery's website, labelled as above. I hope it is heat tolerant.





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    Wow. love the size of this flowers. thanks for sharing

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    I always have to look at plants with names like "Jungle Ruby" or "Dark Star", since I enjoy the rich dark colored orchids so much! It's very pretty.

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    Incredible color and shape

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    Indeed, Miltonia parentage very apparent. Really lovely size and color. Hope you can keep it going too, Miltonias do not thrive for me here in hot and humid Florida. Am not familiar with genus Oncostele but doesn't seem to reflect Miltonia. Of course suggesting that orchid taxonomists make sense with moving and renaming everything is not my intent.

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    Oncostele is Oncidium x Rhynchostele. Most Oncostele crosses would have been Odontocidium or Odontoglossom in the olden days when Odontoglossum was used. Rhynchostele bictoniensis is probably the most often seen member of that genus, and is in the ancestry of Jungle Ruby. Oncostele is not the correct genus for JR though. It should be Miltoncidostele (Miltonia x Oncidium x Rhynchostele). Since it was just registered this year it never had another genus, but once upon a time it would have been considered Odontonia. If a commercial website lists Oncostele Jungle Ruby they are confused, at best.

    But I have to say, identifying this based on a website photo alone is a very uncertain call if you don't have any tag or known link to that company. There are several other registered hybrids with very similar appearance, and any number of unregistered crosses possible as well. Still, it is a very nice representative of the type.

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