from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of orchids, of the tribe Neottieæ, type of the subtribe Spirantheæ.
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- n. large cosmopolitan genus of white-flowered terrestrial orchids
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And so did calopogon, pogonia, spiranthes, and many other fine plant people that lived in our meadow.
Actually, June Hutson’s placing of the spiranthes in with the carnivorous plants in a bog planting at the Kemper Center was what made me wonder.
Then as soon as the bee arrives near the summit of the spike she will withdraw fresh pollinia, will fly to the lower flowers on another plant, and fertilize them; and thus, as she goes her rounds and adds to her store of honey, she continually fertilizes fresh flowers and perpetuates the race of autumnal spiranthes, which will yield honey to future generations of bees. "