butterfly-orchis love



from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A British orchid, Habenaria bifolia, growing in woods and open heaths. The great butterfly-orchis is H. chlorantha.


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  • Flowers were scarce, and there were not many orchids, but I noticed the fine white butterfly-orchis, Phalaenopsis grandiflora, or a species closely allied to it.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • Such are the blue bird's-eye, which just colours the mowing grass in shady spots and patches near the fence, and occasionally the bee-orchis and the butterfly-orchis.

    The Naturalist on the Thames

  • White flowers are often fertilised by moths, and very frequently give out their scent only by night, as in our butterfly-orchis (Habenaria chlorantha); and they sometimes open only at night, as do many of the evening primroses and other flowers.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Look at this accursed diagram (Figure 9) of the butterfly-orchis [Habenaria], which I examined after writing to you yesterday, when I thought all my work done.

    More Letters of Charles Darwin — Volume 2


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