Psychopsis papilio Oncidium papilio Butterfly Orchid


The Butterfly Orchid (Oncidium papilio Lindl./Psychopsis papilio Lindl. H.G.James) is the most spectacular orchid we ever became before the lens. We discovered this outstanding orchid at an orchid exhibition at the Ratchaphruek Festival 2009 in Chiang Mai, North Thailand. The Butterfly Orchid, also called The Butterfly Psychopsis is endemic to Ecuador, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, Peru, Columbia and northern Brazil. The flowers grow up to a size of about 15 cm.The tropical orchid requires warm to hot temperatures, a high humidity and a good air movement to avoid root rot.

Plants should be kept humid during the growth season from spring until autumn, whilst water and fertilizer should be restricted during winter. The buterfly orchid needs a lot of light, but no full sun to induce blooming. Never cut not completely dried out inflorescences away, as they may set flowers again for 5-10 years. Psychopsis butterfly orchids can`t be recommended for orchid beginners and are protected by CITES Appendix II (trade controlled to avoid use incompatible with species survival).

Psychopsis papilio, Oncidium papilio, Butterfly Orchid
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Image: The Butterfly Orchid (Psychopsis papilio Lindl. H.G.James,
Oncidium papilio Lindl., Butterfly Psychopsis)
Photographer: Posantor “Chocolate” Saelie

Psychopsis orchids (species and hybrids) at Orchids

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