Phragmipedium is a genus of the Orchid family [Orchidaceae], subfamily Cypripedioideae. The name of the genus is derived from the Greek phragma, which means “division”, and pedium, which means “slipper” [referring to the pouch]. It is abbreviated ‘Phrag’ in trade journals.
There are about 20 species of Phragmipediums , new world ladyslippers, that grow from Mexico through the central and northern parts of South America. They can be found growing on rock outcroppings, in forks of trees, or volcanic clay. Some grow submerged underwater through periods of heavy rainfall.