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Bletia patula Graham
Flor de pasmo

Bletia patula
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Dominican Republic, 2011

Family: Orchidaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: South Florida and the West Indies (Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles); scattered.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

NatureServe Global Status: Apparently Secure

State of Florida Status:

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Critically Imperiled

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Critically Imperiled

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

South Florida History and Distribution: A rare terrestrial orchid in southeastern Florida in Miami-Dade County. It was first collected in the United States in 1947 by Roy Woodbury and Manley Boss (Hawkes 1950, Luer 1972, Gann et al. 2002). Although reported by others, this was the only verified record for South Florida until it was rediscovered in 2010 by Greg Reed in Everglades National Park (Sadle 2012a). See also, IRC’s book Rare Plants of South Florida (Gann et al. 2002, page 61) and IRC's report Vascular plant species of management concern in Everglades National Park (Gann 2015, page 84).

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

Comments: See also the North American Orchid Conservation Center's Go Orchids website.

Other data on Bletia patula available from :

Bletia patula has been found in the following conservation area :
Occurrence Native Status
Everglades National Park Present Native

Bletia patula has been found in the following county :
Occurrence Native Status
Miami-Dade County Native

Bletia patula has been found in the following 2 habitats :
Disturbed Upland
Pine Rockland

All Images:

Bletia patula
Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, Dominican Republic, 2011
Bletia patula
Copyright by: James McNab (1836)
downloaded from Wikimedia Commons.
Bletia patula
Copyright by: Jimi Sadle, 2013
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida