Definition of Butterfly plant

1. Noun. Orchid having large elliptic to obovate fleshy leaves and fragrant pink-and-white flowers dotted with red.

Exact synonyms: Phalaenopsis Amabilis
Group relationships: Genus Phalaenopsis, Phalaenopsis
Generic synonyms: Moth Orchid, Moth Plant

2. Noun. Any orchid of the genus Oncidium: characterized by slender branching sprays of small yellow and brown flowers; often grown as houseplants.
Exact synonyms: Butterfly Orchid, Dancing Lady Orchid, Oncidium
Generic synonyms: Orchid, Orchidaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Oncidium

Literary usage of Butterfly plant

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Practical Landscape Gardening: The Importance of Careful Planning, Locating by Robert B. Cridland (1920)
"... Small-leaved Rose Box Single Corchorus butterfly plant Oriental Spruce Hybrid Abelia Crimson Rhododendron White Rhododendron Red Cedar Pink Rhododendron ..."

2. The Floricultural Cabinet, and Florists Magazine by Joseph Harrison (1851)
"Groups of six Orchids were communicated by Messrs. Kinghorn, Ivison, and Green. The former had the white butterfly plant, bearing a spike of flowers upwards ..."

3. The Ladies' Companion to the Flower Garden: Being an Alphabetical by Loudon (Jane) (1865)
"It flowers profusely, but it is very difficult to propagate. The White Butterfly Plant, P. arna- bilis, is remarkable for the great length of time it ..."

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