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Orchid Species: Bletia autumnalis

Kew currently accepted name is Laelia autumnalis

Bletia autumnalis is an orchid species identified by Lex. in P.de La Llave & J.M.de Lexarza in 1825. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Laelia autumnalis.
Genus
Bletia (Bletia.)
Grex
autumnalis
Parents
Species
Author
Lex. in P.de La Llave & J.M.de Lexarza
Year
1825
ORIGIN: Found in Mexico in the central to southern mountains at elevations of 1500 to 2600 meters.

DESCRIPTION: Small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte, found on scrubby oaks and mossy rocks with bright light, a winter dormancy and night coolness with 2 to 3, leathery, lanceolate leaves per ovoid, subconical, to pyriform, tapering, curved, ridged and furrowed pseudobulbs that blooms in the fall and winter in cultivation on an erect, stout, red colored, 2 to 3' [60 to 90 cm] long, apical, covered with scale-like floral bracts, several to many flowered inflorescence with fragrant, waxy, long-lasting, color variable flowers.

FLOWER SIZE: 3 to 4 inches [7.5 to 10 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Laelia L autumnalis 1831 (Lex.) Lindl.
Add+ Amalia Amalia autumnalis 1846 (Lex.) Heynh.
Add+ Cattleya C autumnalis 1854 (Lex.) Beer
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