butterfly orchid

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Related to butterfly orchids: greater butterfly orchid, Platanthera chlorantha
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Synonyms for butterfly orchid

any orchid of the genus Oncidium: characterized by slender branching sprays of small yellow and brown flowers

Mexican epiphytic orchid having pale green or yellow-green flowers with white purple-veined lip

orchid of Florida and the Bahamas having showy brightly colored flowers

Mediterranean orchid having usually purple flowers with a fan-shaped spotted or striped rose-red lip

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A: I am assuming that your butterfly orchids are Phalaenopsis types, also known as moth orchids, which are probably the most popular orchids around, their large flowers usually seen in lavender or white.
Spotted/ butterfly orchids Orchids are renowned for being rare and beautiful blooms.
Those, plus Marsh and Butterfly Orchids, Butterwort, Common Louse Wort, Mountain Everlasting and Spotted Rock Rose - rare plants in Wales - have all returned to these cliffs since the ponies arrived.
In mid summer swathes of wildflowers can be seen, including the uncommon greater butterfly orchids.
The Monmouthshire Meadows project now boasts more than 80 members managing approximately 500 acres of meadows rich in butterfly orchids.
Long-term lowland residents, such as the green woodpeckers (and their food, the yellow meadow ants) and the greater butterfly orchids continue to thrive, supplemented by apparently new arrivals such as the colony of small pearl-bordered fritillaries on the ffridd.
Lower livestock numbers have lead to a spread of quaking grass in one field and greater butterfly orchids in another.
Bog orchids hide in peaty flushes surrounded by sundews and white beak-sedge on the blanket bog, and butterfly orchids bloom amid milkwort and great burnet in the hay meadows.