from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An orchid, Spiranthtes autumnalis; also, any orchid of that genus.
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The quaint pinkish-white flowers of the turtle-head showed in wet places, and instead of the lilac racemes of the purple-fringed orchis, which had disappeared with midsummer, we found now the slender braided spikes of the lady's-tresses, latest and lowliest of the orchids, pale and pure as nuns of the forest, and exhaling a celestial fragrance.
Returning to the open park in front of Cranbury, there occurs that fitfully blooming plant, lady's-tresses -- Neottia Spiralis autumnalis -