Bletia gracilis Lodd. 1833

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Common Name or Meaning The Graceful Bletia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Jalisco, Michoacan, Guerrero, Mexico, Morelos and Oaxaca states of Mexico as well as Guatemala on rocky or grassy hillsides in oak and oak-pine forests at elevations of 600 to 2200 meters as a medium sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial orchid with ovoid, erect, solitary or clustered corms enveloped basally by fibrous bases of old leaf bearing sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, apical, erect, plicate, purple below, green above, oblong-elliptic to lanceolate, acute to acuminate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer and fall with or without leaves and sometimes as late as mid-winter on leafless corms, occuring as a basal, slender, wiry, 8 to 30" [20 to 75 cm] long, few to 10 flowered inflorescence that is enveloped basally by several, imbricating, scarious sheaths.

This species and B roezlii, which is often listed as B gracilis var roezlii can be distinguished by the papillose lip of the latter and the flowers that open better and have more substance.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 5 1958 drawing ; Encylopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol. 16 McVaugh 1985; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames and Correl 1985; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #4 2015 drawing fide;