Bletia macristhmochila Greenm. 1878

Flowers and habitat Photos by © Weyman Bussey

Common Name The Large Ridged Lip Bletia [refers to the comb-like ridges on the lip]

Flower Size

Found in Mexico at times occuring in lava fields or open deciduous forests in clumps of coarse grass in well drained loamy soils at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with brownish green corms carrying a few plicate, narrowly oblong-elliptic leaves that blooms in the spring on a to 3' [90 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; 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; An Introduction to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photo fide; Orquedias Michoacanas Lapiner; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar etal 2005; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 Epidendroideae part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 drawing fide;