The first known record of Phrag. besseae was made by Cal Dodson, I believe in 1980 (the species was described by Dodson and Kuhn in 1981). A cliff side covered in red flowers was suspected by residents to be Begonias. Dodson took a closer look, and discovered that the plants were in fact a new red Phragmipedium, rather than being Begonias. The species was later found in Ecuador and I have heard rumor of it being in Columbia as well.NYEric said:Remember, Phrag besseae wasn't in bloom when it was found.