Bletia meridana (Rchb.f.) Garay & Dunst. 1976

TYPE Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay

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TYPE Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Valdivieso

Common Name The Merida Bletia [A state of northwest Venezuela]

Flower Size .48" [1.2 cm]

Found in northern Venezuela and and northeast Colombia on roadside banks or grassy slopes at elevations of 1000 to 1300 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with subglobose corms bearing a single, erect, narrow, acute, plicate, not present at blooming leaves that blooms on an erect, stout, terete, light green, from the apex of the corm, peduncle to 22" [55 cm] lomg, provided with a few nervose sheaths in the lower part, to 30" [75 cm] long, shortly branched towards the apex, rachis 8" [20 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence carrying flowers with white to pink flushed white flowers with many nerved tepals, the sepals fleshy and with a tinge of green at the apices, the petals strongly concave and cannot be spread without breaking,the lip has a white midlobe while the rest is yellow.

Synonyms *Bletia florida var. meridana Rchb.f. 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Venezuelan Orchids Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide