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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
Ruiz & Pav.
  • 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. 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.

List of species

Accepted species as of May 2014:

  • Bletia adenocarpa Rchb.f.
  • Bletia amabilis C.Schweinf.
  • Bletia antillana M.A.Diaz & Sosa
  • Bletia campanulata Lex.
  • Bletia candida Kraenzl.
  • Bletia catenulata Ruiz & Pav.
  • Bletia coccinea Lex.
  • Bletia concolor Dressler
  • Bletia ensifolia L.O.Williams
  • Bletia florida (Salisb.) R.Br.
  • Bletia gracilis Lodd.
  • Bletia greenmaniana L.O.Williams
  • Bletia greenwoodiana Sosa
  • Bletia lilacina A.Rich. & Galeotti
  • Bletia macristhmochila Greenm.
  • Bletia meridana (Rchb.f.) Garay & Dunst.
  • Bletia neglecta Sosa
  • Bletia nelsonii Ames
  • Bletia netzeri Senghas
  • Bletia parkinsonii Hook.
  • Bletia parviflora Ruiz & Pav.
  • Bletia patula Hook.
  • Bletia punctata Lex.
  • Bletia purpurata A.Rich. & Galeotti
  • Bletia purpurea (Lam.) DC.
  • Bletia reflexa Lindl.
  • Bletia repanda Ruiz & Pav.
  • Bletia riparia Sosa & Palestina
  • Bletia roezlii Rchb.f.
  • Bletia similis Dressler
  • Bletia stenophylla Schltr.
  • Bletia tenuifolia Ames & C.Schweinf.
  • Bletia uniflora Ruiz & Pav.
  • Bletia urbana Dressler
  • Bletia warfordiana Sosa
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