Bletia parkinsonii Hook. 1839

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Common Name Parkinson's Bletia [English Consul in Mexico early 1800's]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Vera Cruz, Colima, Guerrero, Puebla, Mexico and Chiapas states of Mexico and Guatemala in dry oak or dry scrubby tropical forests at elevations of 450 to 1950 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing deciduous terrestrial with erect to horizontal, fusiform to subconical corms giving rise to 2 to 4, plicate, absent at flowering, elliptic to widely elliptic leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on 1 to rarely 2, erect, racemose to paniculate, 7.2" [18 cm] long, 4 to 40 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Bletia altilamellata Garay 1953; Bletia anomala Rich & Gal. 1845; Bletia edwardsii Ames 1932; Bletia landsbergii Rchb.f. 1859; Bletia lankesteri (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Ames, F.T.Hubb. & C.Schweinf. 1934; Bletia mandonii Schltr. 1922; Bletia wageneri Rchb.f. 1854; Bletia wageneri var. cobra Garay & Dunst. 1976; Limodorum campanulatum (La Llave & Lex.) Ames & C. Schweinf. 1930; Limodorum lankesteri Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930; Serapias diphylla Sessé & Moç. 1890

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 533 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #4 2015 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018