Definition of Fly orchid
1. Noun. Any of several dwarf creeping orchids with small bizarre insect-like hairy flowers on slender stalks.
2. Noun. European orchid whose flowers resemble flies.
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Literary usage of Fly orchid
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1. My Garden, Its Plan and Culture Together with a General Description of Its by Alfred Smee (1872)
"They blossom with me in the very highest perfection when grown in top-spit loam. FIG. 609.—Orchis mascula. FIG. 610.—Bee Orchid FIG. 611.—fly orchid. ..."
2. Town and Window Gardening: Including the Structure, Habits, and Uses of by Catherine M. Buckton (1879)
"Some of the British ones are the Bee Orchid, fly orchid, Man, Lizard, and Lady's Slipper Orchid, &c. ..."
3. Text-book of General Botany by Wilhelm Julius Behrens (1885)
"While in the ordinary orchids I there is but one rostellum, which forms a cup to contain the stalks of the pollen masses, in the fly-orchid it is bilobed, ..."
4. The Plant World by Plant World Association, Wild Flower Preservation Society (U.S.) (1903)
"THE crane-fly orchid ( Tipularia) is said to be " very scarce,'' and the only ones I have seen in fourteen years were come across this summer— seven in one ..."