ladies' tresses


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ladies' tresses

also lady's tresses
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Any of various orchids of the genus Spiranthes, having a spike of small, usually white flowers arranged in a spiral.
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Noun1.ladies' tresses - an orchid of the genus Spiranthes having slender often twisted spikes of white flowersladies' tresses - an orchid of the genus Spiranthes having slender often twisted spikes of white flowers
orchid, orchidaceous plant - any of numerous plants of the orchid family usually having flowers of unusual shapes and beautiful colors
genus Spiranthes, Spiranthes - large cosmopolitan genus of white-flowered terrestrial orchids
screw augur, Spiranthes cernua - 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
hooded ladies' tresses, Spiranthes romanzoffiana - 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
References in classic literature ?
Matthew was not used to deciding on the tints of ladies' tresses, but in this case there couldn't be much doubt.
This is an orchid with numerous tiny white flowers that spiral downward on the stem and look like ladies' tresses that have been plaited or braided.
It is a fall blooming species characterized by two to three spiraling rows of flowers compared to just one row for slender ladies' tresses (Mohlenbrock 2002).