Spider orchid

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spider orchid
 
n
any of several European orchids of the genus Ophrys, esp O. sphegodes, having a flower with yellow, green, or pink sepals and a broad brown velvety lip

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spider orchid

any plant of the genus Brassia, family Orchidaceae; the genus embraces about 35 species of epiphytic (supported by other plants and having aerial roots exposed to the humid atmosphere) orchids native to southeastern North America, the West Indies, and parts of Central and South America. Each stem of a spider orchid has one to three leaves. The flower spike extends laterally from the plant in most species

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