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.