Paphinia herrerae Dodson 1989 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Lighter color form Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey, plant grown by Howard Gunn

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Common Name Herrera's Paphinia [Ecuadorian Orchid Enthusiast]

Flower Size 3 to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm]

This species hails from Ecuador as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte that is found at elevations of 700 to 1200 meters in very wet montane forests with flattened, ovate, light green pseudobulbs subtended by 2 to 3 distichous, imbricating foliaceous sheaths with 2 thin, obovate, obtuse, apiculate leaves that are heavily veined on the underside, deciduous, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall through spring on a basal, pendant, 10" [to 25 cm] long, 3 to 7 flowered inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb enveloped by 3 to 5 tubular, inflated sheaths and having tubular floral bracts enveloping the ovary.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 565 Dodson 1989 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 37-8 1999 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 4 2002 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo ok; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 drawing/photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 as P neudeckerii photo fide

Paphinia herrerae Dodson 1989 var alba Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

A white color form of the previous species.

Paphinia herrerae Dodson 1989 var rosea

Photos courtesy of David Jubineau And His Bulbophyllum & Co. Website

A rose colored variety of the previous species.

Full shade Warm Cool Spring