(pronounced: paff-IN-ee-ah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Stanhopeinae

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Caespitose epiphytes or rarely terrestrials. Pseudobulbs +/- four-angled, +/- subtending foliaceous bracts. Leaves two, oblong-elliptic, acute, petiolate. Inflorescences laxly pendent, solitary flowers or subumbellate racemes. Flowers large for the plants, showy, +/- diaphanous, laxly pendent, cupped. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subsimilar. Lip three-lobed, the lateral lobes erect, the midlobe often three-lobulate, with the lateral lobules suberect-incurved, with elongate trichomes at the apex, articulated to the column foot, variously adorned with a central callus and appendages at the base. Column elongate, gently arching, winged, with a distinct foot; pollinia 2, on an elongate stipe and minute viscidium.


A genus of 12 species found from Costa Rica to Peru and Trinidad.

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Dodson, C. H. and T. Neudecker 1990. Die Gattung Paphinia (teil 1). Die Orchidee 41:230-234.

Dodson, C. H. and T. Neudecker 1991. Die Gattung Paphinia (teil 2). Die Orchidee 42(1):45-50.

Dodson, C. H. and T. Neudecker 1991. Die Gattung Paphinia (teil 3). Die Orchidee 42(2):79-95.

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Jenny, R. 1978. Die Gongorinae: 4. Die Gattung Paphinia Lindley. Die Orchidee 29:207-214.

Jenny, R. 1983. Eine neue Paphinia: P. neudeckeri aus Ecuador. Die Orchidee 34:189-191.