Bletia reflexa Lindl. 1836 Photo by Moises Behar

Another Flower? Photo by Danny Lentz and the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Flower Closeup

Flower in situ central Mexico Photos by Eduoard Faria.


Common Name The Back Bent Bletia

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama on rocky or grassy hillsides in oak or oak-pine forests at elevations of 1200 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with small pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, plicate, folded, narrowly to broadly lanceolate, long, acuminate leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a basal, 3 1/2' [105 cm] long, 2 to 12 flowered, racemose inflorescence carrying long-lived flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as B jucunda; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Orchid Digest Vol 24 #7 1960 photo fide; Orquedias Michoacanas Lapiner; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1985; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Hamer 1974; Orchids of Panama L O Williams 1980; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater etal 2005 as B jucunda photo fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater etal 2005 photo fide; Orchids of Tropical America an introduction and guide Meisel 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #4 2015 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 87 #1 2018 drawing fide;