from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A plant of the genus Orchis; also, one of numerous plants in other genera of the orchis family, Orchideæ.
- noun [capitalized] A genus of plants, type of the order Orchideæ, belonging to the tribe Ophrydeæ and the subtribe Serapieæ, characterized by its spurred lip, and by the two pollen-glands being inclosed in a common pouch.
- noun In anatomy, the testis, testicle, or its equivalent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- proper noun (Bot.) A genus of endogenous plants growing in the North Temperate zone, and consisting of about eighty species. They are perennial herbs growing from a tuber (beside which is usually found the last year's tuber also), and are valued for their showy flowers. See
- proper noun (Bot.) Any plant of the same family with the orchis; an orchid.
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- proper noun A taxonomic
genuswithin the subtribe Orchidinae— the orchids.
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- noun one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens
- noun any of various deciduous terrestrial orchids having fleshy tubers and flowers in erect terminal racemes
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British species, such as Orchis pyramidalis, it is not necessary that there should be any exact adjustment between the length of the nectary and that of the proboscis of the insect; and thus a number of insects of various sizes are found to carry away the pollinia and aid in the fertilization.
Threatened and semi-endemic relict species present include Ranzania japonica, Hylotelephium tsugaruense, Cerastium arvense var. ovatum, Poa ogamontana, Padicularis nipponica and numerous orchids: Calanthe discolor, C. nipponica, Cypripedium yatabeanum, Gymnadenia fujisanensis, Orchis graminifolia and Tipularia japonica.
I tried to get some info on your Orchis sancta, but found little that was helpful.
Nationally endangered plant species (15 species in total) include: Cypripedium macranthon, Calypso bulbosa, Orchis militaris and Cotoneaster lucidus.
Other endangered species include: Cypripedium macranthon, Calypso bulbosa, Epipogium phyllum, Orchis militaris, Trapa natans, Paeonia anomala, Nymphaea candida and other plants.
It is one of those systems to store water, tuberoids often found in terrestrial orchid species, that gave name to the genus Orchis.
Potentilla, Salix fruticosa; here also occurs the first Orchidea I have seen in Khorassan: it belongs to the tribe Orchis, but is out of flower.
_A_, inflorescence of the showy orchis (_Orchis spectabilis_), × 1 (_Orchideæ_).
Myriads of flowers gleam in their own atmosphere of living light, like jewels among the rich herbage, so that the feet can hardly be set down without crushing scores of them: the _Orchis rubra_ with its splendid spike of crimson blossoms, the bee and spider orchises in great variety, whose flowers mimic the insects after whom they are named, sweet-scented alyssum, golden buttercups and hawkweeds, Roman daisies, larger and taller than the
Indigenous salep is procured, according to Dr. Perceval from _Orchis mascula_, _O. latifolia_, _O. morio_, and other native plants of this order.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.