Definition of Orchid tree
1. Noun. Small East Indian tree having orchid-like flowers and hard dark wood.
Group relationships: Bauhinia, Genus Bauhinia
Generic synonyms: Angiospermous Tree, Flowering Tree
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Orchid Tree
Literary usage of Orchid tree
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1. Adventure Guide to Belize by Carol O'Donnell (2003)
"Between 1st Street North and South is an orchid tree, a mahogany tree and a Norfolk Island pine. Just after the water taxi stand is a breadfruit tree. ..."
2. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1914)
"orchid tree. Tropical trees and shrubs, sometimes climbing, planted in southern Florida and southern California to some extent for the flowers, odd foliage, ..."
3. China and the Present Crisis: With Notes on a Visit to Japan and Korea by Joseph Walton (1900)
"Amongst these I observed the orchid tree, of great size, with evergreen leaves and lovely clusters of salmon-coloured flowers just like orchids; ..."
4. Report by California Division of Forestry (1919)
"orchid tree (Bauhinia purpurea) Tree and blossom. Persimmon, Japanese (Diospyros kaki). Pepper Tree: Common Pepper Tree (Schinus molle). ..."
5. Costa Rica by Nelles Verlag Staff, Klaus Boll, Ortrun Egelkraut, Detlev Kirst (1999)
"The Indians had long ago discovered that the leaves of one kind of orchid tree had medicinal properties and could be used for healing. ..."
6. Plant Inventory by Agricultural Research Center-West (U.S.), United States Division of Botany, Horticultural Crops Research Branch, Agricultural Research Service, United States Dept. of Agriculture, United States, United States Bureau of Plant Industry, Northeastern Regi (1914)
"orchid tree. A small to middle-sized tree; leaves coriaceous, glabrous, somewhat cordate, cleft one-third to one-half their depth, 9 to 11 nerved; ..."