Paphinia cristata

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Paphinia cristata
Paphinia cristata Guyane.jpg
Illustration of Paphinia cristata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Maxillarieae
Subtribe: Stanhopeinae
Genus: Paphinia
Species: P. cristata
Binomial name
Paphinia cristata
(Lindl.) Lindl.
Paphinia cristata-01.jpg

Paphinia cristata is a species of the orchid genus Paphinia and the type species of this genus. It is endemic to northern South America and the island of Trinidad. Its 1 to 3 flowered pendant inflorescence carries large, deep-red flowers. The species was published in 1843 in Edwards's Botanical Register 29: misc. page 14. (

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Paphinia cristata is found in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Trinidad at altitudes from sea level up to 1000m, in damp forest.


Paphinia cristata prefers warm,moist,shaded,humid conditions. Never allow plants to dry out for long periods. Mount on pieces of coconut,tree fern or cork with a pad of moss around the roots.


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