orchidaceous plant


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n orchidaceous plant any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
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In literature:

Many of our orchidaceous plants absolutely require the visits of moths to remove their pollen-masses and thus to fertilise them.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
There are several beautiful varieties of orchidaceous plants upon the mountains; among others, several species of the dendrobium.
"Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon" by Samuel White Baker
Here and there the bright flowers of some orchidaceous plant ornamented their summits, or hung down from their boughs.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
The following details all refer to flowers in which the number of stamens in orchidaceous plants was increased beyond what is necessary.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters