Basiphyllaea wrightii (Acuña) Nir 2000 Photo courtesy of Katia Seagull and Her Orchid Web Site

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Common Name or Meaning Wright's Basiphyllaea [American Botanist later 1900's to current]

Flower Size 1" + [2.5 cm+]

Found in Cuba in montane areas at elevations of 200 to 700 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with an ellipsoid corm giving rise to a single, straight, fleshy, , narrowly oblanceolate to linear, acute to acuminate, conduplicate below into the cuneate base leaf that blooms on a terminal, erect, 22" [55 cm] long, laxly few flowered inflorescence with remotely few, amplexicaul, acuminate sheaths and ovate-deltoid, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

CAUTION I am not entirely satisfied with this determination and have sent it to some Cuban Orchidists to see what they say.

Synonyms Bletia tenera Griseb. 1866; *Bletia wrightii Acuña 1939

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Bletia tenera; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984 as Bletia wrightii; *Catalogo Descriptivo De Las Orquideas de Cuba Acuna 1987 as Bletia wrightii; *Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; The Orchids of Cuba Laramendi and Llamacho 2005; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014