Nochnaia Fialka

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Nochnaia Fialka

 

(literally, “night violet”), the Russian folk name for a number of plants with fragrant flowers whose scent is most intense at night (an adaptation to pollination by nocturnal insects). The name is most often used to designate Platanthera bifolia and one species of Hesperis.

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