Phragmipedium boissierianum (Rchb. f.) Rolfe 1896 SECTION Lorifolia Photo by Lourens Grobler

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Common Name Boissier's Phragmipedium [Swiss Botanist]

Flower Size to 6" [to 15 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in wet montane forests at elevations of 410 to 1400 meters on southwestern facing cliffs with water seepage or on grassy, sparsely bushy slopes in black loam near the edge of montane jungles as a medium sized, cool to warm growing, fan-shaped terrestrial orchid with no pseudobulbs, lorate, acute, distichous, imbricating, dark green, glossy, conduplicate below into the base leaves that blooms on a 2 to 3' [60 to 90 cm] long, erect, dark brown purple to maroon inflorescence with 4 to 6 distant bracts carrying 3 to 15, successively opening flowers occuring in the fall through spring.

Synonyms *Cypripedium boissierianum Rchb. f. 1854; Cypripedium grandiflorum Pav. ex Rchb. 1856; Paphiopedilum boissierianum (Rchb. f.) Pfitzer 1894; Phragmipedium cajamarcae Schltr. 1921; Phragmopedilum boissierianum (Rchb. f.) Pfitzer 1903; Phragmopedilum cajamarcae Schltr. 1921; Selenipedium boissierianum Rchb. f. 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Selenipedium boisserianum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Phragmopedilum boissierianum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Selenipedium boiserianum drawing ok; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921 as Phragmopedium cajamarcae; ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as Selenipedium boissierianum drawing; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940 as Phragmopedilum boissieranum drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 12 1980 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 11 1981 photoAOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 6/546 1991 photo; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 151 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 39 2000 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 3 2003 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

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