orchid family


noun

the plant family Orchidaceae, characterized by terrestrial or epiphytic herbaceous plants having simple, parallel-veined, usually alternate leaves, complex and often large and showy flowers pollinated primarily by insects, and fruit in the form of a capsule containing numerous minute seeds, and including calypso, fringed orchis, lady's-slipper, pogonia, rattlesnake plantain, vanilla, as well as numerous tropical orchids such as those of the genera Cattleya, Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis, and Vanda.

Nearby words

  1. orchestrina,
  2. orchestrion,
  3. orchi-,
  4. orchialgia,
  5. orchid,
  6. orchid tree,
  7. orchid-,
  8. orchidaceous,
  9. orchidectomy,
  10. orchidic

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