One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of various flowering plants which grow among or on rocks; especially (Australian) the Australian orchid, Dendrobium speciosum, and (North American) the pasque flower, Pulsatilla patens.
2A clubmoss of tropical America, Selaginella convoluta (Obsolete rare).
Early 19th century; earliest use found in La Belle Assemblée.
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