- 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.
Origin of butterfly orchid
First recorded in 1590–1600
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