butterfly orchid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n butterfly orchid Mediterranean orchid having usually purple flowers with a fan-shaped spotted or striped rose-red lip
    • n butterfly orchid orchid of Florida and the Bahamas having showy brightly colored flowers; sometimes placed in genus Epidendrum
    • n butterfly orchid Mexican epiphytic orchid having pale green or yellow-green flowers with white purple-veined lip
    • n butterfly orchid any orchid of the genus Oncidium: characterized by slender branching sprays of small yellow and brown flowers; often grown as houseplants
    • n butterfly orchid any orchid of the genus Psychopsis: spectacular large tiger-striped orchids
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Usage

In literature:

The "Butterfly orchid" is so familiar that I do not pause to describe it.
"About Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
In this orchid we thus find a distinct adaptation to the tongue of a moth or butterfly.
"My Studio Neighbors" by William Hamilton Gibson
For sheer attractiveness the butterflies are as compelling as the orchids.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
And later still there is a meadow where we can usually discover just a very few Butterfly orchids.
"The Child's Book of the Seasons" by Arthur Ransome
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In news:

What's Blooming in Paradise: Butterfly Orchid .
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