phalaenopsis

noun
phal·ae·nop·sis | \ˌfa-lə-ˈnäp-səs \
plural phalaenopsis also phalaenopses\ˌfa-lə-ˈnäp-ˌsēz \

Definition of phalaenopsis 

: any of a genus (Phalaenopsis) of ornamental epiphytic orchids of southeastern Asia and Australia having fleshy leaves and large showy flowers with broad lateral petals

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More for your money: Once the phalaenopsis is done blooming, trim its stems back, put it outside (in warm climates) out of direct sun, or stick them in a tree, and look forward to another round of blossoms. Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "How to pick the best orchids for interior design," 10 Apr. 2018 So to think of the orchid world just in terms of phalaenopsis is akin to regarding the avian world solely in terms of ducks. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, "Moth orchid’s ascent overshadows alluring varieties | Idaho Statesman," 21 Feb. 2018 Superficially the plant resembles Phalaenopsis gigantea, the largest Phalaenopsis species (native to Borneo). Tom Mirenda, Smithsonian, "Meet Stinky ‘Bucky,’ the Bulbophyllum Orchid that Shutdown a Smithsonian Greenhouse," 17 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of phalaenopsis

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phalaenopsis

New Latin, from Greek phalaina moth + -opsis

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