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Paphinia cristata Orchi 01.jpg
Paphinia cristata
Scientific classification

Paphinia, abbreviated in horticultural trade Pna, is a genus of orchids, composed of an estimated 16 species from Central America, northern South America and Trinidad.[1][2] These species are medium-sized epiphytes with small ovoid pseudobulbs and 2 or more leaves. The generic name comes from the Greek Paphia, the name of Aphrodite of Cyprus. Most authorities consider the genus rare.

Species accepted as of June 2014:

  1. Paphinia benzingii Dodson & Neudecker - Ecuador
  2. Paphinia cristata (Lindl.) Lindl. - Trinidad, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, northern Brazil
  3. Paphinia dunstervillei Dodson & G.A.Romero - Venezuela
  4. Paphinia grandiflora Barb.Rodr. - northern Brazil
  5. Paphinia herrerae Dodson - Ecuador
  6. Paphinia hirtzii Dodson - Ecuador
  7. Paphinia levyae Garay - Ecuador
  8. Paphinia lindeniana Rchb.f. - Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru
  9. Paphinia litensis Dodson & Neudecker - Ecuador
  10. Paphinia neudeckeri Jenny - Ecuador, Colombia
  11. Paphinia posadarum Dodson & R.Escobar - Ecuador, Colombia
  12. Paphinia rugosa Rchb.f. - Colombia
  13. Paphinia seegeri G.Gerlach - Colombia
  14. Paphinia subclausa Dressler - Costa Rica
  15. Paphinia vermiculifera G.Gerlach & Dressler - Panama
  16. Paphinia zamorae Garay - Ecuador

Hybrids include:

  • Paphinia Majestic (P. cristata x P. herrerae)
  • Paphinia Memoria Remo Lombardi (P. herrerae x P. lindeniana)
  • Gonginia (Gongora x Paphinia), an intergeneric hybrid


  1. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2009). Epidendroideae (Part two). Genera Orchidacearum 5: 1-585. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

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