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Clear Mountain Garden TreasuresBletilla striata

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terrestrial
A plant that grows on the ground, like most plants do.Grows on or in the ground.
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A plant that grows on the ground, like most plants do.Grows on or in the ground.
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Bletilla striata

Flowers
Family Orchidaceae
Name Bletilla striata
Abbreviation Ble.
Common Name Chinese Ground Orchid
Featured Plant July 2004
Etymology
Bletilla From the dimunitive form of Bletia, another orchid.
striata From Latin stria meaning channel or fluted, referring to the shape of its leaves.

  See also:  Bulbs, Corms & Tubers, Terestrials, Culture / Germination

This hardy terrestrial orchid has lavender-purple flowers that look like miniature Catleya. It is a deciduous perennial that bears up to four oblong, lance shaped leaves per shoot. It over-winters as a tight bunch of underground pseudobulbs that look like flattened tubers. The pseudobulbs are joined to each other by cylindrical rhizomes. After several years, a large clump is formed and looks quite stunning when in flower.



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Alba Form

Rare alba form.

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