These Wonderful Rare Orchids Look Like Cute Monkeys

Flowers have fascinated people for thousands of years, as their beauty and fragility make them symbols of love and sensitivity. 

The orchid is one of the most cherished flowers around the world, and there are more than 30,000 kinds of it. However, there is one that is truly unique as its appearance deeply resembles the face of a monkey.

The Monkey Orchid – also known as Orchid Simia or Dracula Simia (monkey dragon) – has its home in the forests of Peru and Ecuador, and it grows at about 2000 feet above sea levels. 

It was given its name by botanist Carlyle A. Lauren back in 1978, due to its resemblance to the funny animal.

There are 118 known varieties of this orchid in Central America, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador, where half of them are located.

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The most popular among them are the Dracula Amalia and the Dracula Gigas, both having the same monkey face, but with a different color and slightly different shape. 

The special flower also smells wonderful, very similar to an orange in fact. The greatest thing about the Monkey Orchid is that it can bloom during any season and at any time, but it mostly thrives in colder, more humid weather, and low light.

It can grow up to two feet in height!

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Growing the Monkey Orchid at home might prove to be a difficult task, so here are some useful tips:

  • The container they are placed in should have a drainage hole. Put a saucer underneath and keep the soil moist at all times.
  • If the country you live in naturally has warmer weather, a 2 to 4-inch layer of mulch will aid with moisture evaporation.
  • The Monkey Orchid should be exposed to moderately bright light, but not to direct sunlight
  • Remove faded blossoms to stimulate a fresh flush of flowers.

And that should do it. Best of luck in growing your own monkeys 🙂

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To learn more about the Monkey Orchid, please see the video below (part 1 of 3).

What are your thoughts on this unique flower? Let us know by joining the conversation in the comments and please share this article to spread some much-needed positivity.

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