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[bli-til-uh] /blɪˈtɪl ə/
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 frost.
  • Among the modern uses for bletilla are treatment of sores, ulcers and chapped skin.
  • The typical dose of bletilla depends on the condition being treated.
  • bletilla powder is widely available, as are some decoctions that contain bletilla.
  • As of this writing, there are no known drug interactions with bletilla.

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