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Tipularia discolor (Pursh) Nutt.

Crane-fly orchid, crippled cranefly

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyOrchidaceaeOrchid family
GenusTipulariaNew Latin, from Tipula + -aria; from the supposed resemblance of the flower to the crane fly
SpeciesdiscolorFrom the Greek prefix dis- which like the Latin bis- means two or twice, and thus of two or different colors. (“Dis” can also mean “without,” so discolor could mean colorless, i.e. white.)

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Tipularia unifolia Britton Sterns & Poggenb.


Tipularia discolor description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Tipularia discolor (crane-fly orchid, crippled cranefly)

This is the winter leaf. · 10/24/2012 · By Jacquelyn Boyt

Tipularia discolor (crane-fly orchid, crippled cranefly)

12/12/2020 · By Jacquelyn Boyt


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