Bletia patula Graham 1836

Plants in flower in situ, Samana Dominican Republic

Plants in flower in situ, Samana Dominican Republic

Plant in situ Samana Dominican Republic Photos by Jay Pfahl

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Common Name The Wide Open Bletia - Haitian Pine Pink

Flower Size 2 1/2" [6.25 cm]

This epi-lithophytic, medium to large sized, hot to warm growing species is found in Hispanola, Cuba, Florida, Puerto Rico, Leewards and the Windward Islands on cliffsides in dirt or lithophytically on rocks at elevations of 200 to 850 meters with squat, globose, ringed pseudobulbs carrying long, plicate, deciduous, lanceolate leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring with a basal, 3' [90 cm] long, erect inflorescence terminating in a lax, successively few to several flowered raceme arising from a leafless pseudobulb that carries up to 6 showy, fragrant flowers.

This orchid is quite common on roadside cuts through hills and as such has benifited by man's roadbuilding.

CAUTION!!!!!!See also B netzeri which may just be a variation of this orchid

Synonyms Bletia patula var alba Hawkes 1950; Bletia shepherdii Griseb. [non Hkr.]1866;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939; Orchids of Malaya Holtum 1953; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Ochidaceae Garay & Sweet 1974; The Orchids of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1992 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1993; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho 2005 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antillies Ackerman 2014 drawing fide

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