Bletia nelsonii Ames 1922 Drawing by Culbertson & C Dodson

Partial Shade Cool LATESpringSummer EARLY Fall

Common Name Nelson's Bletia [American Original Collector of species 1900's]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico in cloud forests and montane rainforests at elevations of 1000 to 1400 meters as a large to just giant sized, cool growing terrestrial with horizontal to semi-horizontal, semi-subterranean, subglobose, whitish corms giving rise to 1 to 2, present at flowering, one longer the other shorter, narrowly elliptic, conspicuously 3 nerved, acute, attenuate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring through early fall on an erect, racemose to paniculate, 19.2 to 40" [48 to 100 cm] long, 7 to 12 flowered inflorescence with acuminate, evanescent floral bracts and carrying ascending, mostly pale rose colored flowers with purple apices to the tepals, a pale rose colored lip with the apex dark purple, a greenish column and a purple anther.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 10 Plate 1010 Sosa 2008 drawing fide