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Bletia patula.jpg
1836 illustration
Curtis's botanical magazine
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
Subtribe: Bletiinae
Genus: Bletia
Ruiz & Pav.
Type species
Bletia catenulata
  • Gyas Salisb.
  • Bletiana Raf.
  • Thiebautia Colla
  • Crybe Lindl.
  • Anthogyas Raf.
  • Regnellia Barb.Rodr.

Bletia is a genus of about 30 species of orchids (family Orchidaceae), almost all of which are terrestrial; some are occasionally lithophytic or epiphytic.[3][4] It is named after Spanish botanist and pharmacist Don Luis Blet. The genus is widespread across Florida, Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and South America as far south as Argentina.[2][5][6][7]

List of species[edit]

Accepted species as of May 2014:[2]


  1. ^ lectotype designated by Britton et Millspaugh, Bahama Flora 96 (1920)
  2. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Bailey, L.H. & E.Z. Bailey. 1976. Hortus Third i–xiv, 1–1290. MacMillan, New York.
  4. ^ Forzza, R. C. 2010. Lista de espécies Flora do Brasil "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2015-08-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link). Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
  5. ^ McLeish, I., N. R. Pearce & B. R. Adams. 1995. Native Orchids of Belize. 1–278.
  6. ^ Biota of North America Program, genus Bletia
  7. ^ Flora of North America v 26 p 602, genus Bletia

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Bletia at Wikimedia Commons
  • Data related to Bletia at Wikispecies