Bletia meridana (Rchb.f.) Garay & Dunst. 1976 TYPE Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay

Common Name The Merida Bletia [a state of northwestern Venezuela]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in northeastern Colombia and northwestern Venezuela on roadside banks and grassy slopes at elevations around 1000 to 1300 meters as a medium to large sized, cool growing terrestrial with subglobose corms giving rise to erect, generally absent at blooming, narrow, plicate, acute leaves that blooms from the apex of the corm, erect, peduncle stout, terete, light green, to 22" [55 cm] long, enveloped by grey nervose sheaths in the lower part, to 30" [75 cm] long overall, shortly branched panicle, each branch up to 3" [7.5 cm] long, rachis to 8" [20 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence carrying tepals that are white or white flushed with pink, the sepals have a tinge of green at the apex, the midlobe of the lip is white with the rest being a pale lemon yellow and the column and anther are white.

Synonyms Bletia florida var. meridana Rchb.f. 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garary 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An Illustrated Field Guide] Vol 1 Second Edition Romero & Carnevali 2000 drawing fide;