Paphinia dunstervillei Dodson & G.A.Romero 1993 Photo by Gustavo A Romero

Drawing Drawings by Dunsterville & Garay


Common Name Dunsterville's Paphinia [American Orchid Enthusiast in Venezuela 1900's]

Flower Size 3.2" [8 cm]

Found in Amazonas, Atabapo-Sipapo Venezuela in humid lowland shrublands at elevations of sealevel to 200 meters as a small sized, hot growing terrestrial beneath shrubs with a short rhizome giving rise to adpressed, laterally compressed, narrowly ovate, ribbed, pseudobulbs with 2 to 3, surrounding the base, distichous, deciduous, foliaceous sheaths and carrying 2, apical, heavily veined beneath, narrowly ovate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the later spring on an erect, basal, stout, enveloped by 2 to 4 sheaths, 8.8" [22 cm] long, 3 to 5 flowerewd inflorescence carrying nodding, resuppinate flowers.

The single most defining factors of this species is the terrestrial habit and the erect stout inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 Drawing as P cristata; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 9 1993 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Second Edition Romero & Carnevali 2000 drawing fide;