Paphinia cristata plate
Paphinia cristata plate from
Lindenia Iconographie des Orchidées

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Gongoreae
SubTribe: Stanhopeinae
Genus: Paphinia
Lindley 1843
Type Species
Paphinia cristata

Paphinia, abbreviated in horticultural trade Pna, is a genus of orchids.


The genus is composed of an estimated 16 species from Guatemala south through northern South America.


These species are medium-sized epiphytes with small ovoid pseudobulbs and 2 or more leaves.


Plants are usually grown in wooden baskets in partial shade. Use a well drain potting media such as medium fir bark with perlite, tree fern fibers, or sphagnum moss. Keep area humid and grow in intermediate to warm temperatures. Keep mix moist but not dry.


The generic name comes from Greek "Paphia", the name of Aphrodite of Cyprus. Most authorities consider the genus rare.

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