Paphinia hirtzii Dodson 1989 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Part ShadeHotCoolFall

Common Name Hirtz' Paphinia [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in northern most Ecuador in montane forests at elevations of 200 to 1500 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with aproximate, ovate, compressed, pendent, light green pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several imbricate non-foliaceous sheaths and carrying 3 apical, erect, plicate, thin, obovate, obtuse, apiculate leaves that blooms in the fall on a basal, 2" [5 cm] long, racemose, pendant, glabrous, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence enveloped by 3 to 5 tubular, slightly inflated sheaths and tubular floral bracts enveloping the base of the ovary.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Plate 566 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide

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