Psychopsis krameriana plate
Psychopsis krameriana from
Lindenia Iconographie des Orchidées

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
SubTribe: Oncidiinae
Genus: Psychopsis
Raf. 1838
Type Species
Psychopsis papilio

Psychopsis abbreviated as Psychp. in horticultural trade, is a genus that consist of 4 species.


The genus is distributed from Costa Rica to tropical Central America.


Plants usually bloom with successive flowers.


Keep the plant in shade to moderate light and in a well drain mix or mounted. Use potting media such as chopped sphagnum, tree fern fibers, fir bark, charcoal or perlite. Water around every 2 to 3 days. Although plant is warm growing, it can tolerate intermediate temperatures. Keep humidity high during summer and well ventalated. Water regularly in spring to fall. Reduce watering in the winter and let pot dry between waterings. If over watered the plant may rot from fungus.


The genus is named for its butterfly like appearance


  1. Papiliopsis E. Morr. 1874

Species Edit

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