(pronounced: payr-ah-fayl-eh-NOP-siss)


Vandeae subtribe Aeridinae. Paraphalaenopsis has been placed in a broadly defined Phalaenopsis by some authors. However, data from several lines of investigation suggest that apparent floral similarities result from convergent evolution and the two genera

If you are an AOS Member, access OrchidPro online to browse and search over 100,000 photos of award-winning orchids and more.

If you are not an AOS member, discover the benefits of joining today


Pendent epiphytes. Stems short, rooting at the base. Leaves spirally arranged, terete, fleshy, laxly pendent, acute-subulate, with a groove along the upper surface. Inflorescences horizontal racemes, usually densely subumbellate, the peduncles short. Flowers showy, with undulate segments. Sepals and petals free, spreading, the margins frequently revolute. Lip three-lobed, clawed, with a prominent central callus. Column stout, with a foot, without wings; pollinia 2, with a cleft nearly dividing them into 4, on a common stipe and viscidium.


A genus of four species endemic to Borneo.

Care and Culture Card

See basic growing conditions and care information below.


Hawkes, A. D. 1963. O género Paraphalaenopsis. Orquidea 25:212-215.

Hawkes, A. D. 1967. On Paraphalaenopsis. Phytologia 15(1):1.

Shim, P. S., A. Lamb and C. L. Chan 1981. A new Paraphalaenopsis from Sabah, Paraphalaenopsis labukensis Shim, Lamb & Chan. Orchid Digest 45:139-142.