Bletia urbana Dressler 1968 Photos by Associacion Mexicana de Orquideas Website


Common NameThe Urban Bletia [named for it's proximity to a major Populated area]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found from DF and Oaxaca states of Mexico in lavafields at elevations of 1780 to 2700 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing, deciduous terrestrial with semihorizontal to horizontal, conic-subglobose, whitish to brown corms giving rise to 2 to 3, plicate, only 2 present at flowering, elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the clasping base leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, scapose, 13.2 to 26.4" [33 to 66 cm] long, racemose, 3 to 8 flowered inflorescence with subulate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying ascending flowers.


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; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 536 Hasater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater etal 2005 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 Epidendroideae part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2005 drawing fide;