butterfly orchid

variants: or less commonly butterfly orchis

Definition of butterfly orchid

1 : either of two European terrestrial orchids of the genus Platanthera (P. bifolia and P. chlorantha)
2 : a Mexican epiphytic orchid (Epidendrum venosum) often cultivated
4 : an orchid of the genus Gymnadenia

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“Butterfly orchid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butterfly%20orchid. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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