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Scientific Name: Bletilla striata
Pronunciation: bleh-TIL-uh stree-AH-tuh
Common Name: hardy orchid, Chinese ground orchid
Family Name: Orchidaceae
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Key ID Features: Leaves pleated, papery-textured, sword-shaped, pale green, 3-5 arising from short, corm-like rhizomes; florets pinkish-purple to 4 cm long, 5 tepals plus lip (modified lower petal), usually between 3-7 on racemes up to 45 cm tall.
Course(s): not used (off campus)

Habit: Arching
Form: Vase
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:0.2 - 0.4m
Spread:0.3 - 0.6m
Growth Rate:Fast
Origin: S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Rating: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 C)
Exposure: Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Humus rich, Well-drained
Landscape Uses: Perennial border, Summer interest, Woodland margin
Additional Info: Google. Cultivars shown may include B. 'Shi-Ran'.
hardy orchid, Chinese ground orchid
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Heavily veined, Parallel venation, Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous
Colour in Fall: Yellow
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Elliptic, Linear
Apices: Attenuate
Bases: Truncate
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type:
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:3
Corolla Shape:Bilabiate
Ovary Position:Inferior
Colour (petals): Showy, Pink, Purple, Violet
Flower Time at Peak: May, Jun, Jul
Additional Info: Five tepals plus modified petal in centre

Fruit Type:
Fruit Colour: Dark-red, Brown
Fruiting Time: Sep, Oct

Bark or Stem Colour:
Organ Modifications: Rhizomes

Plant Care:
Maintenance:Medium maintenance plant
Pest Susceptibility: Slugs or snails, ( Pest resistant, Disease resistant, Rabbit resistant )
(NCA) Not Currently Available : not used
(ONW) Overpass North side West : cv.Blue Dragon,Kichibeni, Shi-ran,Alba
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