Paphinia cristata

Paphinia cristata

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Gongoreae
SubTribe: Stanhopeinae
Genus: Paphinia
Species: Pna. cristata
Binomial name
Paphinia cristata
[Lindley]Lindley 1843

Paphinia cristata is a species from the genus Paphinia.


Plants are found growing in Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad, Guyana, Surinam, and French Guiana at elevations around 200 to 1000 meters


Plants bloom from winter to spring with two to four 10 cm wide flowers.


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.


Common Name:The Combed Paphinia


  1. Lycaste cristata [Lindley]Benth. 1885
  2. Lycaste cristata var modigliana Nichols 1888
  3. Lycaste randii (L.Linden & Rodigas) Nichols. 1886
  4. *Maxillaria cristata Lindley 1835
  5. Paphinia cristata var modigliana Rchb.f 1888
  6. Paphinia cristata var randii Linden & Rodig 1885
  7. Paphinia modigliana Hort. 1888
  8. Paphinia randii Linden & Rodig 1885


  • Dunsterville, G.C.K.. "Two and a Half Paphinias of Venezuela." American Orchid Society Bulletin January 1979 48(1979):

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