Isn’t it amazing that we could see a plant that has so much resemblance with a monkey’s face?
This is one nature that captivates its audience all over the world. It really does match the grinning face of a very small monkey. The scientific name of this very rare flower is Dracula Simia.
The name Dracula literally means “little dragon”, an allusion to the mythical Count Dracula, a lead character in numerous vampire novels and films. The name was applied to the orchid because of the blood-red color of several of the species, and because of the strange aspect of the long spurs of the sepals. While the Simia means Monkey in Latin.
The orchid was named in 1978 by the botanist Luer but is in a family containing over 120 species which are mostly found in Ecuador. Up in the cloud mountains, the monkey orchid can flower at any time . it is not season specific.
It can take about 7 years after germination for a plant to flower. Leaves begin to appear in April, and flowering occurs from May to June. A single plant is known to have flowered every year for 19 years.
As if its striking resemblance to a monkey’s face wasn’t surprising enough, this flower actually smells a lot like a ripe orange, as well. Which is kind of ironic, because with a face like that you’d expect it to smell like bananas, right?
See some pictures of monkey orchids.
What were you thinking about the last picture up there?. Were you thinking it’s also a plant?. No it isn’t. It’s
It’s not very hard to guess how the Monkey Orchid got its name. People have had a hard time believing such a flower actually exists. Not too long ago went viral on the internet.
It only grows in the mountainous regions of Ecuador, Colombia and Peru, at an elevation of between 1,000 and 2,000 meters above sea level, but there are a few lucky collectors who have managed to cultivate it.
Furthermore orchid seeds are extremely small, ranging in size from nearly invisible dust-like particles and up to the size of pin pricks. Anything larger than that are not orchid seed. The seeds of most orchid species are far too small to count out in this manner.
You cannot grow orchid seeds like you would with other typical houseplants and this is a big problem . Many orchids rely on complex relationships with their parent plants including symbiotic relationships with mycorrhizal fungal species in order for the seed to germinate. If purchased they are currently grown in flaskson an agar based medium.