Paraphalaenopsis

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Paraphalaenopsis
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Paraphalaenopsis labukensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Vandeae
Subtribe: Aeridinae
Alliance: Phalaenopsis
Genus: Paraphalaenopsis
A.D.Hawkes, 1963
Species

The genus Paraphalaenopsis, abbreviated as Prphln in horticultural trade, is a member of the Orchid family (Orchidaceae), consisting of 4 species endemic to Borneo and one natural (unconfirmed) hybrid, Paraphalaenopsis × thorntonii (P. denevei × P. serpentilingua).

They are morphologically similar to Phalaenopsis and were a long time considered as species of that genus. Their flowers are similar, but the leaves of Paraphalaenopsis are cylindrical and long (from 35 cm up to 3m in cultivation) and resemble the leaves of the Holcoglossum. These are epiphytes that bloom in early spring.

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