Phalaenopsis comes from the Greek phalaina (moth) and opsis (likeness), alluding to the resemblance of the flowers of type species to some tropical moths (Schultes and Pease, 1963). In Taiwan, it is called "蝴蝶蘭" (蝴蝶 = butterfly; 蘭 = orchid).
A few years ago, my friend gave me several pots of blooming Phalaenopsis, and some of them died after the flowers were withered. This one, which was alive, is blooming again in this spring (March) after a few years of resting.
蝴蝶蘭屬（學名：Phalaenopsis）是蘭科（Orchidaceae）下的一個屬，其拉丁文學名是由希臘語詞phalaina（蛾）和opsis（觀看）構成，因為其花外觀與某些熱帶蛾類相似（Schultes and Pease，1963）。