Tetramicra parviflora Lindl. ex Griseb.1864

Photo by Claude Hamilton and HAMLYN ORCHIDS LIMITED


Common Name The Small Flowered Tetramicra

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Jamaica and Haiti along steep stream banks at lower elevations as a miniature to medium sized terrestrial to lithophyte with 1 to 2, rigid, fleshy, grey green, terete channeled above, acute leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on a hair-like, 14.4" [36 cm] long, successively 8 to 10 flowered inflorescence carrying faintly fragrant flowers.

Kew and some other references place T urbaniana as a synonym of this species, For now I have left them separate pending better references..

Synonyms Bletia parviflora Rchb.f. 1862; Bletia schoenina Rchb.f. 1862

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing fide; The Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol IV Withner 1996 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014