Paph parishii
Habitat Information:

Geographic Distribution: Eastern Burma, Western and Northern Thailand, possibly southern China (Cash 1991:102).

Elevation: 4300-7600 ft.

Blooming Season (North): spring and summer (May-August, according to AOS award data)

Light requirements: medium bright, diffuse

Temperatures : Highs of mid 90s in the summer and high 70s in the winter, lows in the 50s during the summer and mid to high 40s during the winter. (Cash)

Substrate: Typically, Paph parishii grows as an epiphyte in mosses and ferns on trees, but also can be found growing in thick moss and roots on rocks (Cash 1991, Birk 2004, Cribb 1987).

Water: Parishii grows in regions that get considerable moisture, year round. During the dry season, they get moisture in the form of light rain, mist, and fog, while they receive heavy rains during the monsoon season. However, strong air movement is always present, and keeps the plant crowns dry during the evening and night.

Growing in moss, the substrate will be slightly acidic, but water is typically pure rain water, and should not contain minerals or lime suppliments.

Humidity: High, 70% +.

Comments: Paph parishii is an excellent choice for any orchid enthusiast, if you can find one. They tolerate high temperatures well, and can handle temperatures just above freezing in the winter.

They require low light compared to most multi-floral paphs, growing in similar conditions to Paph haynaldianum. They thrive under fluorescent lights, where most multi-floral paphs struggle. Paph parishii is slow to mature, but mature plants produce new growth quickly and grow vigorously.Perhaps best of all, they reward the grower with anywhere from 5 to 13 blooms per spike!

We are currently working on breeding Paph parishii so that they are more readily available in the future.

Paph parishii spike developing
paph parishii buds