Paphinia grandiflora Barb.Rodr. 1877

Lip Detail Photos by Hans-Gerhardt Seeger

Common Name The Large Flowered Paphinia

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in northern Brazil on trees as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with clustered, robust, ovoid to globular-ovoid, laterally compressed to compressed on two sides pseudobulbs enveloped by 2 small basal sheaths and carrying 2, apical, erect, lanceolate, acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, pseudo-petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a pendant, thin, 1.2 to 3.2" [3 to 8 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence enveloped by 3 to 4, acuminate, lanceolate bracts.

Synonyms Lycaste grandis Nichols 1888; Paphinia grandis Rchb.f. ex R.Warner 1884; Paphinia nutans Houllet 1878

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1892 as Pahinia grandis drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 photo hmm; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII Orchidaceas Hoehne 1953; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999 drawing/photo fide;

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