orchid

Definitions of orchid
  1. noun
    any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
    synonyms: orchidaceous plant
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    orchis
    any of various deciduous terrestrial orchids having fleshy tubers and flowers in erect terminal racemes
    aerides
    any orchid of the genus Aerides
    angrecum
    any of various spectacular orchids of the genus Angraecum having dark green leathery leaves and usually nocturnally scented white or ivory flowers
    jewel orchid
    any of several delicate Asiatic orchids grown especially for their velvety leaves with metallic white or gold veining
    Aplectrum hyemale, adam-and-eve, puttyroot
    North American orchid bearing a single leaf and yellowish-brown flowers
    arethusa
    any of several bog orchids of the genus Arethusa having 1 or 2 showy flowers
    bletia
    any of various orchids of the genus Bletia having pseudobulbs and erect leafless racemes of large purple or pink flowers
    Bletia striata, Bletilla striata
    Japanese orchid with white-striped leaves and slender erect racemes of rose to magenta flowers; often cultivated; sometimes placed in genus Bletia
    brassavola
    any of various tropical American orchids with usually solitary fleshy leaves and showy white to green nocturnally fragrant blossoms solitary or in racemes of up to 7
    Brassia lawrenceana, spider orchid
    South American orchid with spiderlike pale-yellow to pale-green flowers
    Brassia verrucosa, spider orchid
    Central American orchid having spiderlike flowers with prominent green warts
    caladenia
    any of various orchids of the genus Caladenia
    calanthe
    any of various showy orchids of the genus Calanthe having white or yellow or rose-colored flowers and broad leaves folded lengthwise
    Calopogon pulchellum, Calopogon tuberosum, grass pink
    an orchid
    Calypso bulbosa, calypso, fairy-slipper
    rare north temperate bog orchid bearing a solitary white to pink flower marked with purple at the tip of an erect reddish stalk above 1 basal leaf
    Catasetum macrocarpum, jumping orchid
    orchid having both male and female flowers in the same raceme; when a sensitive projection at the base of the column of the male flower is touched the pollen is suddenly ejected
    cattleya
    any orchid of the genus Cattleya characterized by a three-lobed lip enclosing the column; among the most popular and most extravagantly beautiful orchids known
    helleborine
    any of several orchids of the genus Cephalanthera
    Cleistes divaricata, Pogonia divaricata, funnel-crest rosebud orchid, spreading pogonia
    orchid of northeastern United States with magenta-pink flowers having funnel-shaped lip; sometimes placed in genus Pogonia
    Cleistes rosea, Pogonia rosea, rosebud orchid
    orchid of central and northern South America having 1- to 3-blossomed racemes of large showy rose-colored flowers; sometimes placed in genus Pogonia
    Coeloglossum bracteatum, satyr orchid
    orchid with broad ovate leaves and long-bracted green very irregular flowers
    Coeloglossum viride, frog orchid
    orchid having hooded long-bracted green to yellow-green flowers suffused with purple
    coelogyne
    any of various orchids of the genus Coelogyne with: clusters of fragrant lacy snow-white flowers; salmon-pink solitary flowers; chainlike racemes of topaz and chocolate brown flowers; spikes of delicate white spice-scented flowers; emerald green flowers marked with blue-black
    coral root
    a wildflower of the genus Corallorhiza growing from a hard mass of rhizomes associated with a fungus that aids in absorbing nutrients from the forest floor
    helmet orchid, helmetflower
    any of several orchids of the genus Coryanthes having racemes of a few musky-scented waxy flowers with a helmet-shaped lip process
    swan orchid, swan-flower, swan-neck, swanflower, swanneck
    any of several orchids of the genus Cycnoches having slender arching columns of flowers suggesting the neck of a swan
    cymbid, cymbidium
    any of various plants of the genus Cymbidium having narrow leaves and a long drooping cluster of numerous showy and variously colored boat-shaped flowers; extensively hybridized and cultivated as houseplants and important florists' flowers
    cypripedia
    a plant or flower of the genus Cypripedium
    ladies' slipper, lady's slipper, lady-slipper, slipper orchid
    any of several chiefly American wildflowers having an inflated pouchlike lip; difficult or impossible to cultivate in the garden
    marsh orchid
    any of several orchids of the genus Dactylorhiza having fingerlike tuberous roots; Europe and Mediterranean region
    Dactylorhiza fuchsii, Dactylorhiza maculata fuchsii, common spotted orchid
    European orchid having lanceolate leaves spotted purple and pink to white or mauve flowers spotted or lined deep red or purple
    dendrobium
    a plant of the genus Dendrobium having stems like cane and usually showy racemose flowers
    disa
    any orchid of the genus Disa; beautiful orchids with dark green leaves and usually hooded flowers; much prized as emblematic flowers in their native regions
    Eburophyton austinae, phantom orchid, snow orchid
    waxy white nearly leafless plant with stems in clusters and racemes of white flowers; northwestern United States to northern California and east to Idaho
    Cattleya citrina, Encyclia citrina, tulip orchid
    Mexican epiphytic orchid with glaucous grey-green leaves and lemon- to golden-yellow flowers appearing only partially opened; sometimes placed in genus Cattleya
    Encyclia tampensis, Epidendrum tampense, butterfly orchid
    orchid of Florida and the Bahamas having showy brightly colored flowers; sometimes placed in genus Epidendrum
    Encyclia venosa, Epidendrum venosum, butterfly orchid, butterfly orchis
    Mexican epiphytic orchid having pale green or yellow-green flowers with white purple-veined lip
    epidendron
    any of various orchids of the genus Epidendrum
    helleborine
    any of various orchids of the genus Epipactis
    tongue-flower, tongueflower
    orchid having blue to purple flowers with tongue-shaped or strap-shaped protuberances (calli) at the lip base
    helleborine, rattlesnake plantain
    any of several small temperate and tropical orchids having mottled or striped leaves and spikes of small yellowish-white flowers in a twisted raceme
    Gymnadenia conopsea, fragrant orchid
    European orchid having dense spikes of fragrant pink or lilac or red flowers with conspicuous spurs
    Gymnadenia odoratissima, short-spurred fragrant orchid
    similar to Gymnadenia conopsea but with smaller flowers on shorter stems and having much shorter spurs
    fringed orchid, fringed orchis
    any of several summer-flowering American orchids distinguished by a fringed or lacerated lip
    frog orchid
    any of several green orchids of the genus Habenaria
    rein orchid, rein orchis
    any of several American wildflowers with a kidney-shaped lip
    Hexalectris spicata, crested coral root
    orchid with yellowish-brown flowers with dark veins; southeastern Arizona to the eastern United States
    Hexalectris warnockii, Texas purple spike
    orchid with slender nearly leafless reddish-brown stems with loose racemes of reddish-brown flowers; of open brushy woods of southeastern Arizona and central Texas
    Himantoglossum hircinum, lizard orchid
    an orchid of the genus Himantoglossum
    laelia
    any of various spectacular plants of the genus Laelia having showy flowers in many colors
    liparis
    an orchid of the genus Liparis having few leaves and usually fairly small yellow-green or dull purple flowers in terminal racemes
    twayblade
    an orchid of the genus Liparis having a pair of leaves
    Liparis loeselii, fen orchid, fen orchis
    small terrestrial orchid of eastern North America and Europe having two nearly basal leaves and dull yellow-green racemose flowers
    Listera convallarioides, broad-leaved twayblade
    small orchid with two elliptic leaves and a slender raceme of small green flowers; western North America
    Listera cordata, lesser twayblade
    orchid having two triangular leaves and a short lax raceme of green to rust-colored flowers with the lip flushed mauve; Europe and Asia and North America and Greenland
    Listera ovata, twayblade
    orchid having a pair of ovate leaves and a long slender raceme of green flowers sometimes tinged red-brown; Europe to central Asia
    Malaxis ophioglossoides, Malaxis-unifolia, green adder's mouth
    North American orchid having a solitary leaf and flowers with threadlike petals
    masdevallia
    any of numerous orchids of the genus Masdevallia; tufted evergreen often diminutive plants whose flowers in a remarkable range of colors usually resemble a tricorn with sepals fused at the base to form a tube
    maxillaria
    any of numerous orchids of the genus Maxillaria often cultivated for their large brilliantly colored solitary flowers
    pansy orchid
    any of various orchids of the genus Miltonia having solitary or loosely racemose showy broadly spreading flowers
    odontoglossum
    any of numerous and diverse orchids of the genus Odontoglossum having racemes of few to many showy usually large flowers in many colors
    butterfly orchid, butterfly plant, dancing lady orchid, oncidium
    any orchid of the genus Oncidium: characterized by slender branching sprays of small yellow and brown flowers; often grown as houseplants
    Ophrys apifera, bee orchid
    European orchid whose flowers resemble bumble bees in shape and color
    Ophrys insectifera, Ophrys muscifera, fly orchid
    European orchid whose flowers resemble flies
    spider orchid
    any of several European orchids of the genus Ophrys
    Venus' slipper, Venus's shoe, Venus's slipper
    any of various orchids of the genus Paphiopedilum having slender flower stalks bearing 1 to several waxy flowers with pouchlike lips
    phaius
    an orchid of the genus Phaius having large plicate leaves and racemes of showy flowers
    moth orchid, moth plant
    any of various orchids of the genus Phalaenopsis having often drooping glossy broad obovate or oval leaves usually dark green flushed purple or mottled grey and silver
    rattlesnake orchid
    any of various orchids of the genus Pholidota having numerous white to brown flowers in spiraling racemes clothed in slightly inflated bracts and resembling a rattlesnake's tail
    Habenaria bifolia, Platanthera bifolia, lesser butterfly orchid
    south European orchid having fragrant greenish-white flowers; sometimes placed in genus Habenaria
    Habenaria chlorantha, Platanthera chlorantha, greater butterfly orchid
    south European orchid with dark green flowers that are larger and less fragrant than Platanthera bifolia; sometimes placed in genus Habenaria
    Platanthera leucophea, prairie white-fringed orchid
    of central North America; a threatened species
    tangle orchid
    an orchid of the genus Plectorrhiza having tangled roots and long wiry stems bearing lax racemes of small fragrant green flowers
    Indian crocus
    any of several dwarf orchids of the genus Pleione bearing one or two solitary white or pink to magenta or occasionally yellow flowers with slender stalks
    pleurothallis
    any of numerous small tufted orchids of the genus Pleurothallis having leathery to fleshy leaves and racemes of 1 to many small flowers
    pogonia
    any hardy bog orchid of the genus Pogonia: terrestrial orchids having slender rootstocks and erect stems bearing one or a few leaves and a solitary terminal flower
    butterfly orchid
    any orchid of the genus Psychopsis: spectacular large tiger-striped orchids
    greenhood, helmet orchid
    any of numerous orchids of the genus Pterostylis having leaves in a basal rosette and green flowers often striped purple or brown or red with the dorsal sepal incurved to form a hood
    foxtail orchid
    any of various orchids of the genus Rhyncostylis having pink- to purple-marked white flowers in a dense cylindrical raceme
    Sarcochilus falcatus, orange-blossom orchid
    diminutive Australian orchid with loose racemes of fragrant white flowers with purple and orange markings on the lip
    sobralia
    any of various showy orchids of the genus Sobralia having leafy stems and bright-colored solitary or racemose flowers similar to those of genus Cattleya
    ladies' tresses, lady's tresses
    an orchid of the genus Spiranthes having slender often twisted spikes of white flowers
    stanhopea
    any of various orchids of the genus Stanhopea having a single large leaf and loose racemes of large fragrant flowers of various colors; Mexico to Brazil
    stelis
    any of various small tropical American orchids of the genus Stelis having long slender racemes of numerous small to minute flowers
    fly orchid
    any of several dwarf creeping orchids with small bizarre insect-like hairy flowers on slender stalks
    vanda
    any of numerous showy orchids of the genus Vanda having many large flowers in loose racemes
    vanilla
    any of numerous climbing plants of the genus Vanilla having fleshy leaves and clusters of large waxy highly fragrant white or green or topaz flowers
    Orchis mascula, early purple orchid, male orchis
    Eurasian orchid with showy pink or purple flowers in a loose spike
    Orchis papilionaceae, butterfly orchid, butterfly orchis
    Mediterranean orchid having usually purple flowers with a fan-shaped spotted or striped rose-red lip
    Orchis spectabilis, purple orchis, purple-hooded orchis, showy orchis
    North American orchid having a spike of violet-purple flowers mixed with white; sepals and petals form a hood
    Arethusa bulbosa, bog rose, dragon's mouth, wild pink
    a bog orchid with usually a solitary fragrant magenta pink blossom with a wide gaping corolla; Canada
    Caladenia cairnsiana, zebra orchid
    orchid with reddish linear leaves and panicle of purple-marked pale-yellow flowers with deep red or purple lip; southwestern Australia
    Cephalanthera rubra, red helleborine
    orchid of Mediterranean and Asia having a lax spike of bright rose-pink flowers
    Corallorhiza maculata, spotted coral root
    common coral root having yellowish- or reddish- or purplish-brown leafless stems bearing loose racemes of similarly colored flowers with white purple-spotted lips; Guatemala to Canada
    Corallorhiza striata, striped coral root
    nearly leafless wildflower with erect reddish-purple stems bearing racemes of pale pinkish and brownish-striped flowers; western Canada to Mexico
    Corallorhiza trifida, early coral root, pale coral root
    plant having clumps of nearly leafless pale yellowish to greenish stems bearing similarly colored flowers with white lower lips; northern New Mexico north through South Dakota and Washington to Alaska
    Cypripedium acaule, moccasin flower, nerveroot
    once common rose pink woodland orchid of eastern North America
    Cypripedium album, Cypripedium reginae, common lady's-slipper, showy lady slipper, showy lady's-slipper
    pale pink wild orchid of northeastern America having an inflated pouchlike lip
    Cypripedium arietinum, ram's-head, ram's-head lady's slipper
    orchid of northern North America having a brownish-green flower and red-and-white lip suggestive of a ram's head
    Cypripedium calceolus, Cypripedium parviflorum, yellow lady's slipper, yellow lady-slipper
    maroon to purple-brown orchid with yellow lip; Europe, North America and Japan
    California lady's slipper, Cypripedium californicum
    often having many yellow-green orchids with white pouches growing along streams and seeps of southwestern Oregon and northern California
    Cypripedium fasciculatum, clustered lady's slipper
    clusters of several short stems each having 2 broad leaves and 2-4 drooping brownish to greenish flowers with pouches mottled with purple; British Columbia to central California and northern Colorado
    Cypripedium montanum, mountain lady's slipper
    leafy plant having a few stems in a clump with 1 white and dull purple flower in each upper leaf axil; Alaska to northern California and Wyoming
    Epipactis helleborine
    European orchid with spikes of green and pinkish or purplish flowers
    Epipactis gigantea, chatterbox, giant helleborine, stream orchid
    orchid growing along streams or ponds of western North America having leafy stems and 1 greenish-brown and pinkish flower in the axil of each upper leaf
    Habenaria dilatata, bog candles, bog rein orchid
    orchid with spikes of many fragrant white flowers on erect leafy stems; of wet or boggy ground through most of the West and northern North America
    Habenaria albiflora, white fringed orchid, white fringed orchis
    bog orchid of eastern North America with a spike of pure white fringed flowers
    Habenaria elegans, elegant Habenaria
    slender inland rein orchid similar to coastal rein orchid but with pale greenish-yellow flowers
    Habenaria fimbriata, purple-fringed orchid, purple-fringed orchis
    North American orchid similar to Habenaria psycodes with larger paler flowers
    Habenaria greenei, coastal rein orchid
    stout orchid of central California to northern Washington having racemes of white fragrant bilaterally symmetrical flowers
    Habenaria hookeri, Hooker's orchid
    a long-spurred orchid with base leaves and petals converging under the upper sepal
    Habenaria lacera, green fringed orchis, ragged orchid, ragged orchis, ragged-fringed orchid
    fringed orchid of the eastern United States having a greenish flower with the lip deeply lacerated
    Habenaria leucophaea, prairie orchid, prairie white-fringed orchis
    orchid of boggy or wet lands of north central United States having racemes of very fragrant creamy or greenish white flowers
    Habenaria nivea, snowy orchid
    slender fringed orchid of eastern North America having white flowers
    Habenaria orbiculata, round-leaved rein orchid
    orchid having a raceme of large greenish-white flowers on a single flower stalk growing between two elliptic or round basal leaves lying on the ground; from northern Oregon and Montana across Canada to the eastern United States
    Habenaria peramoena, purple fringeless orchid, purple fringeless orchis
    orchid of northeastern and alpine eastern North America closely related to the purple fringed orchids but having rosy-purple or violet flowers with denticulate leaf divisions
    Habenaria psycodes, purple-fringed orchid, purple-fringed orchis
    North American orchid with clusters of fragrant purple fringed flowers
    Alaska rein orchid, Habenaria unalascensis
    similar to coastal rein orchid but with smaller flowers; Alaska to Baja California and east to the Dakotas and Colorado
    Ophrys sphegodes, early spider orchid
    spring-blooming spider orchid having a flower with yellow or green or pink sepals and a broad brown velvety lip
    Phalaenopsis amabilis, butterfly plant
    orchid having large elliptic to obovate fleshy leaves and fragrant pink-and-white flowers dotted with red
    Oncidium papilio kramerianum, Psychopsis krameriana
    orchid of South and Central America having flowers similar to but smaller than Psychopsis papilio; sometimes placed in genus Oncidium
    Oncidium papilio, Psychopsis papilio
    orchid of South America and Trinidad having large yellow and reddish-brown flowers; sometimes placed in genus Oncidium
    Spiranthes cernua, screw augur
    an orchid of the genus Spiranthes having tall erect densely flowered spiraling clusters of creamy white vanilla-scented flowers; widely distributed especially in low damp places of eastern and central North America
    Spiranthes romanzoffiana, hooded ladies' tresses
    orchid having dense clusters of gently spiraling creamy white flowers with 2 upper petals forming a hood; western North America
    Spiranthes porrifolia, western ladies' tresses
    similar to Spiranthes romanzoffiana;States
    European ladies' tresses, Spiranthes spiralis
    European orchid having shorter racemes of strongly spiraling snow-white flowers
    Vanda caerulea, blue orchid
    famous orchid of northern India having large pale to deep lilac-blue flowers
    Vanilla planifolia, vanilla orchid
    a climbing orchid bearing a podlike fruit yielding vanilla beans; widely cultivated from Florida southward throughout tropical America
    type of:
    flower
    a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
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