Paphinia clausula Dressler 1966 Photo by Jean Claude George

Lip Detail Photo by Jay Pfahl

Flower Fully Opened

Photos by David Jubineau And His Bulbophyllum & Co. Website


Common Name The Closed Paphinia [refers to the flower not opening]

Flower Size 1/2" wide, 1" long [1.25 cm x 2.5 cm]

Found in Colombia in wet montane forests as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with ovoid pseudobulbs carrying plicate leaves that blooms in the fall on a pendant, 4" [10 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence carrrying capanulate flowers that do not open well.

Many references cite this species as a cleisostogamus form and synonym of C cristata, but I have left it separate pending better information.

SynonymsPaphinia cristata f. modiglianiana (Rchb.f.) O.Gruss 2003; Paphinia cristata var modigliana Rchb.f 1888

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 No 3 1968 as P cristata var modigliasiana photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999;