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butterfly orchid

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noun

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

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Origin of butterfly orchid

First recorded in 1590–1600
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