Bletia stenophylla Schltr.1919

Photo by Karl Senghas and The Awiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

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Common Name The Slim Leaved Bletia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador on sandstone and rarely granite outcrops at elevations around 250 to 1900 meters as a small to just medium sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with subterranean pseudobulbs giving rise to fasciculate, few, erect, linear, elongate-acuminate, narrowing below into the narrow petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late summer and fall on an erect, graceful, to 12" [to 30 cm] long, successively, laxly few to several flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten I Venezuela Schlechter 1919; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 No 9 1967; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide/photo hmm