Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Monkey Orchid

I know it may be hard to believe, but this is actually a flower, not a monkey. Really! :) It’s called a “Monkey Orchid” or more scientifically “Dracula Simia.” And yes, the name Dracula comes from the infamous Count. It’s called this because of the two long spurs that resemble teeth.

This monkey orchid grows mostly in high elevations of the Ecuadorian forest. They can also be seen in the forests of Peru and Columbia, in high elevations, of course. If you’re ever lucky enough to get near one, take a big sniff. Apparently, it smells like a ripe orange and is quite pleasant.

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