Phragmipedium besseae

Phragmipedium besseae

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Cypripedioideae
Tribe: Phragmipedieae
SubTribe: Phragmipediinae
Genus: Phragmipedium
Species: Phrag. besseae
Binomial name
Phragmipedium besseae
Dodson & Kuhn 1981

Phragmipedium besseae is a species of Phragmipedium.


Plant usually blooms from winter to spring with two to four up to 6.5 cm wide flowers.


Plants are found growing in rocks near running water in the wet montane forest of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at 1000 to 1500 meters


Plants grow in intermediate to warm areas with bright indirect sunlight. Plants should be watered with clean water and keep potting media wet. Plants can tolerate lots of water as long as media remains fresh. Plants are sensitive to salts. Keep fertilizers to a minimum as plants are light feeders. Plant in a mix with good air circulation. Plants can be grown in a mix of sphagnum moss, charcoal and perlite or medium fir bark with perlite.


Phrag besseae flava Phragmipedium besseae var. flava Sepals and petals are yellow. Lip is yellow.
Phrag besseae dalessandroi Phragmipedium besseae var. dalessandroi
(Dodson & O.Gruss) A.Moon & P.J.Cribb 1997
Sepals and petals are red. Lip is yellow. This variant is found in Ecuador and has one more chromosome than Phragmipedium besseae. This variant was discovered by Dennis D'alessandro


Common Names:Mrs. Besse's Phragmipedium


  1. Paphiopedilum besseae (Dodson & J.Kuhn) V.A.Albert & Börge Pett. 1994