These orchids are named όρχις Greek "orchis" which means testicle, for the appearance of underground tubercles in some terrestrial species. The word 'orchis' the first used Theophrastus (371/372 -. 287/286 BC), in his book "History plantarum" (The natural history of plants). He was a pupil of Aristotle and is considered the father of botany and ecology.
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