Pafinia – a miniature orchid with huge flowers
A lover of moist air and one of the most compact and rare papinia orchids for most orchid growers is a real star. Its flowering rarely lasts longer than a week, but it is an unforgettable sight. Unusual striped patterns on the huge flowers of a modest orchid I want to consider endlessly. In room culture, papinia is rightly included in the ranks of species that are difficult to grow. It has become fashionable only with the spread of original interior terrariums and florariums, looks amazing on snags and imitations and can become the pride of collections.
Pafinia – a Latin American baby with unique flowers
One of the most beautiful and rare orchids, papinia conquers with the beauty of striped colors on huge flowers and always gives the impression of an unprecedented original. In fact, this orchid is far from as unique as its reputation. And capriciousness concerns only some of the features of care and conditions of detention.
This representative of the Orchidaceae family got its name in honor of one of the names of Aphrodite – in Cyprus this ancient Greek goddess was also called Paphia.
Paphinia (Paphinia, the designation in the catalogs is Pna) – not quite typical Latin American orchids. Most plants were described only at the end of the 20th century. The area of their distribution is amazingly huge, but the plants themselves are considered rare in nature.
Pafinia came to us from the expanses of Latin America – Bolivia, Panama, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Costa Rica. This is an amazing orchid, which chooses the conditions by humidity, but not by temperature: papinia settle in very humid forests and near water bodies, where the air humidity does not fall below 80%. And in a hot climate, and in the gracious coolness of the highlands, they feel equally good.
Paphinia are considered to be medium-sized orchids, although in room culture they should still be attributed closer to miniature ones. In this beauty, everything is neat – and pseudobulbs, and leaves. Over time, papinias create neat bushes that appear crumbs against the background of ordinary indoor orchids. Papinia bulbs do not exceed 2.5 cm in height, are easily recognizable by their ovoid-cylindrical shape, flattening on the sides and elongated tip in addition to the rich green color.
The roots are white, with proper moisture, do not turn green, which somewhat complicates watering. Pafinia never grow alone: they are not always planted immediately in groups, but they themselves eventually grow larger families.
Unlike many other orchids, puffinias sit in groups quite tightly, releasing children and filling all the free space. Plants bloom not only on mature bulbs and not only in large families – and small groups of young shoots can please with flowers.
The papinia foliage seems small, but only when compared with phalaenopsis and other large orchids. The maximum length of the leaves is about 15-18 cm, most often they are even smaller. The leaves are oval-lapid, folded (this is especially pronounced in dry air, when the leaves are literally folded accordion), up to 4 cm wide, shiny and smooth. One pseudobulb produces only a couple of leaves, but in a group of foliage it looks impressive and elegant. Leaves fall off when new ones begin to grow, on average they last 2 or 3 years