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The Amazing Monkey Orchid

Nature doesn’t need an audience. These wonderful orchids come from the south-eastern Ecuadorian and Peruvian cloud forests. They are from
elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters and as such not many people throughout history got to see them. However, thanks to intrepid collectors we do get to see this wonderful Monkey Orchid. Someone didn’t need much imagination to name it.Its scientific name is Dracula simia, the last part  nodding towards the fact that this remarkable orchid bears more than a passing resemblance to a monkey’s face  The Dracula (genus) part of its name refers to the strange  characteristic of the two long spurs of the sepals, reminiscent of the fangs of a certain Transylvanian count of film and fiction fame The orchid was only named in 1978 by the botanist Luer but is in a family containing over 120 species mostly found in Ecuador .
Up in the cloud mountains the monkey orchid can flower at any time – it is not season specific. It scent resembles that of a ripe orange

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6 comments on “The Amazing Monkey Orchid

  1. A Dog With Fleas
    October 5, 2012

    I have never heard of these before, and it is so uncanny the resemblance they have to monkey’s. Unreal!! Thanks as always for sharing!!

    • Judy
      October 7, 2012

      I’d never seen or heard of them before either but they are so cute. 🙂

  2. sharechair
    October 5, 2012

    Ohmygoodness! I have never heard of these…. it is amazing!

  3. Nifti
    October 6, 2012

    Oh, how cool!

  4. Dor
    October 10, 2012

    Amazing really, but why ruin a beautiful orchid with a monkey face?

  5. artzent
    December 9, 2012

    Wow, that flower is wonderful. I have lots of orchids but have never seen one like this. It is truly amazing!

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