Psychopsis papilio

Source: Orchi

Psychopsis papilio

The genus Psychopsis is part of the family Orchidaceae, sub-family Epidendroideae, tribe Maxillarieae, sub-tribe Oncidiinae, alliance Trichophilia.

The genus consists of only 4 species previously placed in the genus Oncidium.

In the trade, the abbreviation Psychp. is used. The orchids of this genus are also called moth orchids (but different species from other orchid genera are also named like this).

Psychopsis papilio is the type species.


Psychopsis are epiphytic and sympodial orchids.

The flower looks like a large butterfly with a brightly colored body (the lip), very long antenna-like petals and spread wing-shaped, yellow and brown spotted sepals.


West Indies and Costa Rica to Peru


Rainforests where they grow on stems and branches of trees, between 200 and 1,000 m altitude.


From the Greek psyche (butterfly) and opi (-like).