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Phragmipedium besseae

Phragmipedium besseae

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


Phragmipedium besseae is a species of Phragmipedium.

DescriptionEdit

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

DistributionEdit

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

CultureEdit

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.

VariantsEdit

ImageNameDescription
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

NamingEdit

Common Names:Mrs. Besse's Phragmipedium

SynonymsEdit

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

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