There are five species in the genus Bletilla, distributed through China, Japan, Taiwan, south to Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar. They grow from pseudobulbs that usually sit at ground level and resemble corms. The stalks of flowers emerge from the center of the years new growth before it is mature, during spring and early summer.
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Name Derivation: Diminutive form of Bletia
Common Name: Ground Orchids
Bletilla is in the family Orchidaceae.