Did You Know?

There's a species of orchid that looks like a monkey's face called 'Dracula simia'.

There's a species of orchid that looks like a monkey's face called 'Dracula simia'.

Scientifically speaking, the Dracula simia is a rare orchid which is native to the tropical cloud forests of Southeastern Ecuador and Peru and likes to live in elevations above 2,000 feet. And the best part might be the ripe orange scent it gives out when it blooms.

There are over 110 varieties of the genus Draculas and each of the orchid plants features the same characteristic monkey-faced flower centers.

The arrangement of column, petals and lip strongly resembles a monkey's face. The plant blooms at any season with several flowers on the inflorescence that open successively. Flowers are fragrant with the scent of a ripe orange.

Our advice: Take a trip to your local botanical garden to take a look at these beautiful plants, or better yet, book a trip to South America and stumble upon the plant in the wild.


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