butterfly orchid

butterfly orchid

noun
1.
an epiphytic South American orchid, Oncidium papilio, having large yellow and reddish-brown flowers.
2.
either of two terrestrial Old World orchids, Habenaria chlorantha or H. bifolia, having long clusters of greenish-white flowers.

Origin:
1590–1600

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butterfly orchid

any plant of the genus Platanthera (or Habenaria), family Orchidaceae, which has about 100 species native to Eurasia, North Africa, and North and Central America. "Butterfly orchid" is also the common name for a species of the genus Psychopsis.

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