Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How about....

.... a flower that looks like a real MONKEY!!

This species of orchid, aptly named the Monkey Face Orchid (Dracula simia), was created after Mother Nature decided to do a bit of monkeying around (hah!). These rare monkey orchids only grow in the cloud forests of southeastern Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1,000-2,000 meters on the side of mountains. In the scientific name, “simia” refers to the monkey face and “Dracula” refers to the two long spurs that hang down, almost like fangs.
What makes this flower even cooler (as if it needed to get any more awesome) is that it smells just like a ripe orange when fully blossomed. Incredible!


  1. A grinning monkey, with huge teeth.

    1. Aren't they the oddest looking flowers? Too bad they are tropical flowers - would love to have them here in Joisey!

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    1. And as a bonus, they smell like oranges, too!!! :o)