Paphinia herrerae

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Orchid genus Paphinia
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Family: Orchidaceae
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Tribe: Maxillarieae
Subtribe: Stanhopeinae
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Species: herrerae
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The classification of this orchid species was published by Calaway H. Dodson in Icones Plantarum Tropicarum ser. 2, 6: t. 565. 1989 - Sarasota, FL. Found near Zamora, 1000 m, Zamora-Chinchipe (Ecuador, Western South America, Southern America). Type collection originally made by Dr. Victoria Herrera; flowered in cultivation. The holotype is kept at Herbario Nacional del Ecuador (QCNE). The isotype is kept at Rio Palenque Science Center (RPSC), Ecuador.

Plant Morphology

Description: Epiphyte. Rhizome short. Pseudobulbs appressed, laterrally compressed, narrowly ovate, costate, to 2cm wide and 8cm long, 2 to 30 folite, with 2 to 3 distichous, foliaceous sheaths surrounding the base. Leaves thin, heavily veined on the underside, narrowly ovate, acuminate, to 8cm wide and 32cm long. Infloresence produced from the base of the pseudobulb, pendant, surrounded by 2 to 4 sheaths, 3 to 5-flowered, to 22cm long.

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