Bletilla Rchb.f.

The diminutive of Bletia, a New World orchid genus whose flowers bear a superficial resemblance.

Terrestrial herbs, sympodial, with short rhizomes. Stems thickened at base into corm-like underground pseudobulbs. Leaves apical, 1?4, thin, pleated, glossy. Inflorescences terminal racemes, erect or arching. Flowers resupinate, few to several, medium sized, showy, white to pink. Sepals similar, free, forward-pointing. Petals similar to sepals, free, forward-pointing. Labellum 3-lobed, side lobes embracing column, midlobe often curved under. Column long and narrow, narrowly 2-winged. Pollinia 8.

About 10 species from Tibet, China, Japan and Taiwan.

Terrestrial with large pleated glossy green leaves; flowers bright pink, in open racemes.

Source: Jeanes, J. (2005). Orchidaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Orchidaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Bletilla striata (Thunb.) Rchb.f.