Papinia flower stalks are curved and bizarre. They develop almost at the base of the pseudobulbs, most often arcuate and rarely pleasing with straight lines. Due to the low location of the peduncle during flowering, it seems as if the flowers only slightly rise or hang under the bushes.
Flowers with a diameter of about 9 cm look huge for this neat orchid, but in some species they are even able to grow up to 15-20 cm in diameter. Despite its exotic nature, the structure of the flowers is not at all outlandish. Ovoid, with a very pointed tip, petals and sepals create a beautiful, inverted and quite symmetrical flower.
The central sepal is located under the lateral, the two upper petals and the central sepal are colored similarly (identically), with bright white stripes. The two lateral sepals are only slightly smaller and with less bright patterns. The lip is densely pubescent, yellow. A favorite feature of paffinia is strips and strokes on a wine-dark-red or pink-fawn background, which create the effect of bright white stripes.
The main drawback of papinii is a short flowering period. On average, huge flowers stay on the peduncle for only three days, at best – 5-7 days. But it is very difficult to break away from contemplating an orchid. Pafinia are very unpredictable orchids. From the growth of the peduncle to the actual blooming of the flower, several weeks and 3-4 months can pass, in different conditions they bloom differently.
Despite the fact that the natural cycle of development of papinia suggests autumn-winter flowering, sometimes it blooms in our country only in the calendar Latin American winter – from May to the end of summer. If the plant is in optimal conditions, paraffin can produce flowers in atypical times and please more than 1 time per year. But for this, you will have to take care of the key content parameter for it – high air humidity.
Types of indoor paffinias
Despite a rather large representation in nature (today the classification of 18 species of papinia is being revised), in the greenhouse and indoor culture, papinia is represented by only a few species, in most cases – varieties of one single species.
Paphinia crest (Paphinia cristata) – a compact epiphytic sympodial orchid that has long become a symbol of the whole genus. Ovoid densely located pseudobulbs up to 2.5 cm long with just a pair of oval-lanceolate leaves that have a pointed tip, create surprisingly neat bushes. And short creeping peduncles growing from under the bottom of the bulb (only up to 15 cm in length) with huge flowers up to 10 cm in diameter seem rather neat.
This papinia is characterized by the legendary dark cherry color with white stripes, more intense along the edge. Each pseudobulb is capable of producing several peduncles. And on one peduncle, 1, 2 or 3 flowers can bloom.
In addition to the base plant, there are several forms and varieties, in particular, white-flowered, producing more leaves and has magnolia-like flowers.
Paphinia herrera (Paphinia herrerae) is a beautiful epiphytic species with slightly lighter, light yellowish-yellow leaves and pink-cream flowers with strongly elongated petal ends. Huge flowers seem fancy pastel stars, wilted, usually grow several in number on one peduncle.
Paphinia majestic (Paphinia x majestic) is a hybrid of the previous species with pale red flowers, on which white stripes and spots occupy a much larger area. The plant looks similar to papinia Herrera, more hardy to medium air humidity, but also more light-loving.