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Bletia purpurea (Lamarck) A.P. de Candolle. Pine-pink, Purple Bletia. Phen: Dec-May (-Nov). Hab: Pine rocklands, wet pine flatwoods, wet Florida prairies, depression marshes, dome swamps, strand swamps, disturbed uplands. Dist: Peninsular FL; West Indies; Mexico, Central America, and n. South America.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Other Comments: This is the only species of Bletia growing north of Miami-Dade county in FL. Bletia patula is only known from perhaps two populations in Everglades National Park and Bletia florida has only been anecdotally reported as a very infrequent garden escape near Homestead.

Synonymy: = Bah, FNA26, K3, S, WH3, WI, Brown (2002), Luer (1972)

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image of plant© Aidan Campos source
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Bletia purpurea, Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier County, Florida 2 by Alan Cressler source
image of plant© Keith Bradley | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Jay Horn source

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