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Orchid Species: Phragmipedium besseae

Phragmipedium besseae is an orchid species identified by Dodson & J.Kuhn in 1981.
Genus
Phragmipedium (Phrag.)
Grex
besseae
(name currently accepted by Kew)
Parents
Species
Author
Dodson & J.Kuhn
Year
1981
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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