Phragmipedium besseae flavum is an orchid species name for which no taxonomic record was found. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Phragmipedium besseae.
ORIGIN: Found on the eastern slopes of the Andes of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as a small sized, warm growing, lithophyte or terrestrial with no pseudobulbs on cliff-faces of riversides, on granite rocks, in wet montane forests at 1000 to 1500 meters.
DESCRIPTION: A small sized, warm growing, lithophyte or terrestrial with no pseudobulbs 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, successive flowered, pubescent, racemose inflorescence that is shorter than the leaves with elliptic, boat-shaped bracts occurring in the late winter and spring.
FLOWER SIZE: 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches [4 to 6.5 cm]
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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