butterfly-plant love



from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A West Indian orchideous plant, Oncidium Papilio. See Oncidium.
  • n. A species of the East Indian Phalænopsis.


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  • Every one has heard of the butterfly-plant: there is one on the stage now before us, and as the breeze gently waves its slender stalks, each tipped with a vegetable butterfly, it becomes almost difficult to imagine that we are not watching the movements of a real insect flitting among the plants.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 447 Volume 18, New Series, July 24, 1852


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