Paphinia subclausa Dressler 1997


Another Closeup Angle

Photo by Hans Gerhardt Seeger

Common Name The Almost Closed Paphinia [refers to the flowers not opening well]

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in very wet and pluvial forests at elevations of 100 to 900 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte or terrestrial with subtetragonus, somewhat compressed, smooth in youth becoming rugose with age pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, erect, plicate, elliptic, thin, acute leaves that blooms in the summer on a basal, pendent, racemose, 3.2 to 4.8" [8 to 12 cm] long, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence carrying pendulous, resupinate, transluscent white flowers that do not open well.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #10 2016 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide