any of several terrestrial orchids of the genus Bletilla, of eastern Asia, as B. striata, having terminal clusters of showy purple or white flowers.

< Neo-Latin, equivalent to Blet(ia) a similar genus (named in honor of Louis Blet, botanist and apothecary at the Spanish court in 1794; see -ia) + Latin -illa -illa Unabridged
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Bletilla species are generally hardy, though some need protection from severe
Among the modern uses for bletilla are treatment of sores, ulcers and chapped
The typical dose of bletilla depends on the condition being treated.
Bletilla powder is widely available, as are some decoctions that contain
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