(pronounced: BLEE-tee-ah)


Arethuseae subtribe Bletiinae

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Terrestrials arising from subterranean corms. Leaves plicate, lanceolate, acuminate, subpetiolate with the bases forming a false stem. Inflorescences terminal racemes or panicles, erect to suberect-arching, the floral bracts inconspicuous. Flowers cupped, pink to reddish-purple. Sepals and petals free, spreading, usually subsimilar and subequal. Lip three-lobed, sessile, the lateral lobes erect, the midlobe usually with undulate margins, the callus of longitudinal, parallel, usually undulate keels. Column arching, club-shaped; pollinia 8, on minute caudicles.


Honoring Don Luis Blet, an 18th century Catalonian apothecary.


A genus of up to 30 species ranging from the U.S.A. (Florida) to Bolivia with a center of diversity in Mexico.

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Diaz Dumas, M. A. 1988. Bletia volubilis, una nueva especie de orquídeas de Cuba oriental, durante mucho tiempo confundida con Bletia carabiaiana. Rev. Jard. Bot. Nacio. Univ. Habana 9:31-35.

Dressler, R. L. 1968. Notes on Bletia (Orchidaceae). Brittonia 20:182-190.

Dressler, R. L. 1971. Notas sobre el genero Bletia. Orquídea(Mex.) 1(7):9-21.

Gonzalez Tamayo, R. and A. Jouy 1995. Commentaires sur le genre Crybe. L’Orchidoph. 117:116-122.

Menezes, L. C. 1993. Bletia catenulata var. caerulea. Schlechteriana 4(4):154-156.

Pena de Sousa, M. 1971. Nuevo status de Crybe en el genero Bletia. Orquideología 6:51-55.