1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Phragmipedium Rolfe
      1. Phragmipedium besseae Dodson & J.Kuhn

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ecuador (Azuay) to N. Peru.

    [C-EM]
    Distribution

    Peru, Ecuador, Colombia; altitude 1,100-1,500 m.

    General Description

    A lithophytic or terrestrial herb. Leaves 6-10, narrowly elliptic, up to 7 cm long, 1-2 cm wide, spreading, glabrous. Inflorescence erect, produced from the apex of the stem, 1-4-ftowered; flowers produced in succession. Peduncle terete, shortly pubescent, sometimes with a vaginate, ovate sheath below the middle. Floral bracts erect, navicular, compressed, up to 2.8 cm long. Flower orange-red, c. 6 cm across. Pedicel and ovary cylindrical, up to 7 cm long, densely pubescent. Dorsal sepal orange-red, pale apricot on reverse, ovate, obtuse, slightly concave, sparsely pubescent, up to 2. 7 cm long and 1.6 cm wide, united to the lateral sepals at the base. Lateral sepals orange-red, apricot on reverse, connate to near the apex, concave, broadly elliptical, 2-2.7 cm long, 1.5-2 cm wide, sparsely pubescent, emarginate at the apex. Petals orange-red, obliquely ovate, flat, erect, c. 2.9 cm long and 1.8 cm wide, obtuse, slightly cordate at the base, sparsely pubescent. Lip pale orange with translucent segments on each side, up to 2.3 cm long and 1.6 cm wide, calceolate, ovoid, inflated, margins involute forming a quadrate opening 3 mm in diameter. Column short, pubescent; staminode obovate-subpentagonal, emarginate at apex, sparsely pubescent.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ecuador, Peru

    Phragmipedium besseae Dodson & J.Kuhn appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Ecuador 52233.000
    60873.000
    Whalley, O. [s.n.] 70195.000
    s.coll. [s.n.] 51123.000

    First published in Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 50: 1308 (1981)

    Accepted by

    • Cribb, P. & Purver, C. (2017). Slipper Orchids of the Tropical Americas: 1-281. Natural History Publcations (Borneo), The Orchid Digest Corporation, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Gruß, O. (2003). A checklist of the genus Phragmipedium Orchid Digest 67: 213-241.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Cribb, P. & Purver, C. (2017). Slipper Orchids of the Tropical Americas: 1-281. Natural History Publcations (Borneo), The Orchid Digest Corporation, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Cypripedioideae: e-monocot.org
    • Dodson, C.H. & Kuhn, J. Original description of Phragmipedium besseae. 50, (1981).
    • Robbins, S. Phragmipedium besseae Orchidaceae. Curtis's Botanical MagazineCurtis's Botanical Magazine 6, 156-159 (1989).

    Sources

    Cypripedioideae: e-monocot.org
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