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Phrag besseae var. dalessandroi

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My eBay dalessandroi is blooming! I think it's the the genuine article, but am never quite sure. The fuzzy pics were taken at one-day intervals. I haven't been able to catch the color quite correctly. It opened a coral color and is now an orange-coral.






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The top one sure looks like the true form to me but I find it so hard to tell. It has that "look" though.

Have I already asked you who you bought yours from on ebay? I got one there too and it is in sheath, but it may have aborted during the great thrip event of 2006.
 
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We need Kyle to post his photos showing the difference between besseae and dalessandroi. I remember the main differences were that the pouch on dals is shorter than bess. And the staminode has a horn on the tip, but without photographs that may be hard to explain.
 

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I bought this plant from shermantp in July, 2005 for $30 + s/h.

After looking at Kyle's analysis, I think it's a true dalessandroi. There are a few bloom characteristics which are off a bit (its flowering from the first floral bract), but it matches up mostly. My dalessandroi also has wider leaves than my besseae. However, short of going to the Ecuadorian jungle and collecting the plant myself, I'd never stake a claim to know for sure the identity of a var. dalessandroi.

The photos are of all the same plant, just in different spots, so the lighting is weird. Here are far too many more:





This shot's the closest I can get to true color:


Here's a shot next to my besseae (which is spiking and can't be moved to get a better pic):


And a slightly off-topic pic of the besseae bud:


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