Bletia villae Soto Arenas 2008 TYPE Drawing by R Jimenez and Soto

Partial Shade Cold Summer

Common Name Villa's Bletia [Mexican Grandmother of the Author 1900's] - in Mexico Guisul

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Durango state of Mexico on the slopes of the Sierra Madre Occidental in open dry pine/oak forests at elevations of 2200 to 2400 meters as a medium to large sized, cold growing, deciduous terrestrial with subpyriform-ovoid, somewhat irregular and variable, laterally compressed, erect, green to whitish corms giving rise to 3 to 5, subdistichous, present at flowering, deciduous, linear, longly acuminate, somewhat conduplicate, folded, dark green diffused with purple leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, peduncle 18 to 24" [45 to 60 cm] long, subterete, somewhat compressed, green purple, 3 to 4 noded, tubular, adpressed, mucronate, scarious bracts, 24 to 32" [60 to 80 cm] long overall, racemose, rachis thin, 3.4 to 7.2" [8.5 to 18 cm] long, laxly 5 to 6 flowered inflorescence with clasping, triangular-lanceolate, acuminate, paprey, floral bracts and carrying resupinate, nodding flowers all oriented to one side of the rachis

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 10 Plate 1011 Soto 2008 drawing fide