What is Monkey Orchid or Dracula Simia[divider]
This amazing orchid called “Monkey Orchid” or “Dracula Simia” because it resemblance to the “popped collar” cape of the popular representation of Dracula. Also, the spurs on the ends of the three petals somewhat resemble the fictional Dracula’s fangs. The name Dracula literally translates to “little dragon”, whereas the specific epithet simia translates to “monkey”.
The orchid was only named in 1978 by the botanist Luer but is in a family containing over 120 species mostly found in Ecuador. Up in the cloud mountains the monkey orchid can flower at any time – it is not season specific. It scent resembles that of a ripe orange.
Where You Can Find Monkey Orchid[divider]
Actually these amazing weird orchids come from the south-eastern Ecuadorian and Peruvian cloud forests where it grows at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters and as such not many people throughout history got to see them. In general, species of Dracula enjoy cooler temperatures — do not let their environments exceed 27 degrees C (80 degrees F). They also enjoy a humid environment (80-90%) with a slight breeze.
More amazing weird Monkey Orchid images after the jump.
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