purple-fringed orchid

variants: or purple-fringed orchis

Definition of purple-fringed orchid

: either of two orchids of the genus Habenaria with the lip deeply cleft into three lobes and usually fringed and lacerate:
a : a North American orchid (H. psycodes) with fragrant purplish-fringed flowers
b : a closely related orchid (H. fimbriata) with larger paler flowers

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“Purple-fringed orchid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purple-fringed%20orchid. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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