Tetramicra tenera (A.Rich.) Griseb. ex Benth. 1881 Photo by © Fabiola Areces and The New York Botanical Garden Website
Common Name or Meaning The Thin Tetramica
Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]
Found in Cuba as a small to medium sized, hot growing terrestrial in red clayey, serpentine soils or white sands on exposed hilltops in pine woodlands, savannahs and pine barrens with short stems carrying 1 to 2, mostly solitary, erect, canaliculate, aciculate leaves that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on an erect, occasionally branched, peduncle, slender, terete, enveloped by sheaths basally, 11.2 to 18.8" [28 to 47 cm] long, rachis 2.6 to 10" [6.5 to 25 cm] long, laxly and successively several, 4 to 27 flowered inflorescence with spreading, ovate to lanceolate, acute to acuminate floral bracts and carrying showy, glabrous flowers.
Many references put this species as synomonous with T eulophiae but I feel that they are distinct, but if not then this species takes precedence.
Synonyms *Bletia tenera A.Rich. 1841; Tetramicra erosa Carabia 1943
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Catologo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 4 Withner 1996; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 as T erosa; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 42/3 2001; The Orchids of Cuba Laramendi and Llamacho 2005 as T erosa photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014;