Definition of Tongue-flower
1. Noun. Orchid having blue to purple flowers with tongue-shaped or strap-shaped protuberances (calli) at the lip base.
Generic synonyms: Orchid, Orchidaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Glossodia, Glossodia
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Literary usage of Tongue-flower
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Elements of Botany for Beginners and for Schools by Asa Gray (1887)
"PARADISE or BIRD'S TONGUE FLOWER. A large stem- less conservatory plant, from the Cape of Good Hope, winter-flowering, ..."
2. Cottage Gardener and Country Gentleman's Companion by George William Johnson (1801)
"Odontoglossum grande (magnificent tooth-tongue flower), Guatemala—well named. It is the butterfly flower trebly magnified. The flower i» from five to seven ..."
3. Field, Forest, and Garden Botany: A Simple Introduction to the Common Plants by Asa Gray (1895)
"PARADISE or BIRD'S TONGUE FLOWER. A large stem- less conservatory plant, from the Cape of Good Hope, winter-flowering, witli 2-ranked root-leaves, ..."