ladies' tresses

ladies' tresses

noun
an orchid of the genus Spiranthes having slender often twisted spikes of white flowers 
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ladies' tresses

any plant of the genus Spiranthes, family Orchidaceae, numbering as many as 30 species of orchids found in woods and grasslands throughout most of the world. Goodyera repens, an unrelated British species, is known as creeping ladies' tresses.

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