Tetramicra tenera (A.Rich.) Griseb. ex Benth. 1881

Photo by Fabiola Areces and The New York Botanical Garden Website

Deep ShadeHotWinter SpringSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Thin Tetramica

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Cuba as a small to medium sized, hot growing terrestrial in red clayey, serpentine soils or white sands on exposed hilltops in pine woodlands, savannahs and pine barrens with short stems carrying 1 to 2, mostly solitary, erect, canaliculate, aciculate leaves that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on an erect, occasionally branched, peduncle, slender, terete, enveloped by sheaths basally, 11.2 to 18.8" [28 to 47 cm] long, rachis 2.6 to 10" [6.5 to 25 cm] long, laxly and successively several, 4 to 27 flowered inflorescence with spreading, ovate to lanceolate, acute to acuminate floral bracts and carrying showy, glabrous flowers.

Many references put this species as synomonous with T eulophiae but I feel that they are distinct, but if not then this species takes precedence.

Synonyms *Bletia tenera A.Rich. 1841; Tetramicra erosa Carabia 1943

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Catologo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 4 Withner 1996; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 as T erosa; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; The Orchids of Cuba Laramendi and Llamacho 2005 as T erosa photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014;