Arethusa rosea (Lindl.) Benth. ex Hemsl. 1884

Photo by Weyman Bussey Another Flower

Side View Flower Closeup

by Edoard Faria

Color Drawing

Drawing from Edwards Botanical Register and the Botanicus Website


Common Name The Pink Arethusa

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Hinduras and Nicaragua in wet oak-pine forests on protected cliffs at elevations of 1100 to 2100 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a partially submerged, suborbicular corm giving rise to 1 to 2, apical, lanceolate, acute, plicate leaves that blooms in the fall on a basal, slender, erect, 1 1/2' [45 cm] long, few to several [3 to 6] flowered inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb with basal sheaths.

Synonyms Arethusa grandiflora S.Watson 1891; Arethusa tigridiifolia Lex. in La Llave & Lexarza 1825; Bletia purpurata Rich. & Gal. 1845; Bletia rosea (Lindl.) Dressler 1964; *Crybe rosea Lindl. 1836;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Crybe rosea; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orquedias de El Salvador Hamer 1974 as B purpurata drawing/photo fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 as Crybe rosea photo fide; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 617 Hamer & Dodson 1982 as Bletia purpurata drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Bletia rosea drawing fide; The Orchids of Guatemala and Belize; Ames and Correl 1985; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Bl;etia purpurata drawing fide; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 534 Hagsater, Soto 2002 as Bletia purpurata drawing fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Bletia purpurata photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 87 #1 2018 as Bletia rosea drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018