Bletia roezlii Rchb. f. 1877


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Photos by © Eduoard Faria.


Common Name Roezl's Bletia [Bohemian Orchid Collector in South America late 1800's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua on rocky or grassy hillsides in oak-pine forests in thick humus or on rocks as a small sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial at elevatons of 600 to 2200 meters with small ovate pseudobulbs carrying 1 to 2, plicate, green above and purple colored below, acute, oblong-elliptic to lanceolate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer and fall with leaves still viable on a basal, 13" [32.5 cm] long, few [2 to 3] flowered inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb.

Very similar to B gracilis and is often listed as B gracilis var roezlii but differs in the papillose, purple lip and has more substance and opens better.

Synonyms Bletia gracilis var roezlii [Rchb.f] L.O.Wms. 1950; Bletia papillifera Ames 1933;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing fide/photo good; Orquedias Michoacanas Lapiner; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol. 16 McVaugh 1985 as Bletia gracilis var roezlii; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1985 as b papillifera drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 619 Hamer 1982 drawing ok; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing good; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 535 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater etal 2005 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018