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Orchid Species: Bletia alta

Kew currently accepted name is Eulophia alta

Bletia alta is an orchid species identified by (L.) Hitchc. in 1893. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Eulophia alta.
Bletia (Bletia.)
(L.) Hitchc.
ORIGIN: Found in Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Gabon, Zaire, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Florida, Georgia USA, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Leewards, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Windwards, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, French Guiana, Surinam, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, on roadside banks and marshy areas at elevations of sea-level to 1500 meters.

DESCRIPTION: A large sized, pantropical, hot to warm growing terrestrial with tuberous stems concealed by basally clasping, leaf-bearing sheaths with linear-lanceolate, acuminate, 9 veined, plicate, stiff, basally conduplicate leaves with the mid-vein thickened and arising with the blooms occurring in the spring in the northern hemisphere and in the fall in the southern hemisphere on a basal, stiffly erect, racemose, 6' [2 m] long inflorescence with linear floral bracts that carry many [30+], resupinate flowers.

FLOWER SIZE: 3/4 inch [2 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Eulophia Euph alta 1910 (L.) Fawc. & Rendle
Add+ Cyrtopodium Cyrt woodfordii 1816 Sims
Add+ Cyrtopera Cyrtopera amazonica 1882 (Barb.Rodr.) Barb.Rodr.
Add+ Cyrtopera Cyrtopera longifolia 1863 (Kunth) Rchb.f. in W.G.Walpers
Add+ Cyrtopera Cyrtopera vellosiana 1882 Barb.Rodr.
Add+ Cyrtopera Cyrtopera woodfordii 1833 (Sims) Lindl.
Add+ Eulophia Euph longifolia 1914 (Kunth) Schltr.
Add+ Eulophia Euph woodfordii 1897 (Sims) Rolfe in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.)
Add+ Govenia Gov barbata 1836 Poepp. & Endl.
Add+ Limodorum Limo altum 1767 L.
Add+ Lissochilus Liss amazonicus 1877 Barb.Rodr.
Add+ Platypus Platypus altus 1913 (L.) Small
Add+ Platypus Platypus papilliferus 1903 Small
Add+ Cyrtopera Cyrtopera alta 1939 (L.) Stehlé
Add+ Cypripedium Cyp epidendricum 1831 Vell.
Add+ Dendrobium Den longifolium 1816 Kunth in F.W.H.von Humboldt
Add+ Paphiopedilum Paph epidendricum 1894 (Vell.) Pfitzer
Add+ Platypus Platypus papillifer 1903 Small & Nash in J.K.Small
Add+ Xylobium Xyl longifolium 1826 (Kunth) Lindl. ex Spreng.
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