Schult.f. 1829, conserved name not Schult. 1809 (Boraginaceae) nor Spreng. 1815 (Putranjivaceae) nor Vell. 1825 (Nyctaginaceae)
Bessera is a genus of Mexican plants in the cluster lily subfamily within the asparagus family. It is a small genus of 3 known species of mostly herbaceous flowering plants with corms. They have flowers with petals and petaloid sepals (tepals) with compound pistils.
Bessera elegans, called coral drops, is cultivated and is a half-hardy Mexican herbaceous plant growing from corms with drooping terminal umbels of showy red-and-white colored flowers.
Current species include:
- Bessera elegans Schult.f. — central to southern Mexico.
- Bessera tenuiflora (Greene) J.F.Macbr. — Baja California Sur state, including the southern Baja California Peninsula and Gulf of California islands; and the coastal region of mainland Northwestern Mexico.
- Bessera tuitensis R.Delgad. — Jalisco state in coastal southwestern Mexico.
- Bessera azurea — Pulmonaria angustifolia
- Bessera breviflora — Androstephium breviflorum
- Bessera calycantha — Guapira opposita
- Bessera inermis — Flueggea virosa
- Bessera spinosa — Drypetes alba
- Edwards's Botanical Register; Consisting of Coloured Figures of Exotic Plants Cultivated in British Gardens; with their History and Mode of Treatment. London 25: t. 34 (1839). sulivanica
- Tropicos, search for Bessera
- Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
- Stevens, P.F., Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Brodiaeoideae
- Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. Continental Publishing, Deurne.
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