Paraphalaenopsis, abbreviated as Pps. in horticultural trade, is a member of the Orchid family (Orchidaceae), consisting of 4 species.
Plants in this genus are endemic to the island Borneo.
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 35cm up to 3m in cultivation) and resemble the leaves of the Holcoglossum. These are epiphytes that bloom in early spring.
Plants are best grown in hanging baskets or mounted, and usually require full sunlight and intermediate to warm temperatures. If in baskets or mounted on cork, the roots must be watered frequently and if it is potted in bark they should be watered 1 to 2 times a week. Plants should be grown in media that is kept moist, but not wet, such as several pieces of medium to coarse fir bark, or sphagnum moss. Keep plants in an area with high humidity.
The genus is named after its similarities to the genus Phalaenopsis.
- Paraphalaenopsis denevei (J.J.Sm.) A.D.Hawkes, 1963.
- Paraphalaenopsis labukensis Shim, A.L.Lamb & C.L.Chan, 1981.
- Paraphalaenopsis laycockii (M.R.Hend.) A.D.Hawkes, 1963.
- Paraphalaenopsis serpentilingua (J.J.Sm.) A.D.Hawkes, 1963.
Natural hybrids Edit
- Paraphalaenopsis × thorntonii (Holttum) A.D.Hawkes,1967.
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