Phrag besseae in situ photos

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Kyle

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As promised, here are pictures of two different besseae sites I have been to in Ecuador. the first one is the Paute site. The Paute River runs through Ecuador, these plants are found on the hill/cliffs about the river. These pictures were taken about a month ago.









These pictures were taken at the Chigllinda site (pronounced Chew-in-da). This site is quite different from the Paute site. It is much wetter and not as overgrown. Water is dripping constantly from the cliffs. Very wet. These pictures were taken one year ago.









The shape of the flowers are a bit different, with the paute plants having better shape.

These final two pictures show that in the wild, you can find plants that arn't stoloniferous. This plants has two growths and there is no stolon.





Tom Kalina believes that in this population there has been some natural hybridizing with dalessandroi. I have not been back to the site since him and I discussed the possibility, so I can't say for sure.

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This picture shows how close to the road the sites are.



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Mahon

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Kyle,

Great pictures! The plants from Chigllinda site look as if they are more of a Phrag. dalessandroi then a Phrag. besseae... I may agree with Kalina, it's a possibility that those plants at the Chigllinda site are Phrag. besseae x Phrag. dalessandroi...

The last picture is too early to tell if it is stoloniferous or not... the growth is not developed enough... if it's from the Chigllinda site, possibility is Kalina's idea... that really red, immediately ascending staminodial shield and slightly rounded petal tips are quite typical for Phrag. dalessandroi...

Thanks for sharing the photos!

-Pat
 

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Very cool shots.
You can see why these guys would like to climb out of a pot, and crawl up the ciff.

Are there any other red blooming species nearby for besseae to con pollinators from.
 
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ORG

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Dear Kyle,
great pictures.
It is really time to visit Ecuador

Best greetings

Olaf
 
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Barbara

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Really wonderful to them growing in their natural habitat. Thank You.
 
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Lars Pedersen

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Hi all

I am planing a trip to Ecuador. Mainly to visit "our daughter" in the SOS childrens village in Ricaurte.

But when we are there, we also want to look around.

Specialy I would like to see besseae and dalessandroi in situ.

Do they have a peak flowering period ?

It would be alot more fun if they are in flower :)

kind regards
Lars
 
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