Phragmipedium besseae Dodson & Kuhn 1981 SECTION Micropetalum Photo by © JOHN MARCOTTE and The Orchids of Canada Website

Flower and Plant in situ in Ecuador

Plant Habitat and Flowers Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

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Common Name Mrs. Besse's Phragmipedium [American Orchid Collector 20th century]

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2 1/2" [4 to 6.5 cm]

Found on the eastern slopes of the Andes of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as a small sized, warm growing, lithophyte or terrestrial with no psuedobulbs on cliff-faces of riversides, on granite rocks, in wet montane forests at 1000 to 1500 meters with 6 to 10, linear to narrowly elliptic, coriaceous, dark green leaves in a broad fan shape where it blooms on a terminal, erect, 12 to 16" [30 to 40 cm]long, 1 to 4, succesive flowered, pubescent, racemose inflorescence that is shorter than the leaves with elliptic, boat-shaped bracts occuring in the late winter and spring.

Synonyms Paphiopedilum besseae (Dodson & J.Kuhn) V.A.Albert & Börge Pett. 1994; Phragmipedium besseae var. flavum Braem 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 11 1981 photo/drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 4 1986 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 7 1987 photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 567 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 11 1992 photo; AOS Bulletin No 63 No 9 1994 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 11 1995 photo; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 346 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 2 1997 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 9 1997 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 12 1997 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 12 1998 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 8 1999 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 9 1999 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 1 2000 photo; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 2 2000 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000; Orchids Australia Vol 13 No 2 2001 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 3 2001 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 11 2002 drawing; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 5 2003 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 4 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 6 2005 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 5 2007 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

Phragmipedium besseae var flava Dodson&Kuhn 1981 Photo by © Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Color variation Photo courtesy of Allen Black

Synonyms Phragmipedium besseae f. flavum (Braem) O.Gruss & Roeth 1999

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 3 1998 photo; Orchids Australia Vol 10 No 5 1998 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 8 1999 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 8 2003 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 4 2004 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

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