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These Adorable Rare Orchids Look Just Like Monkeys

Orchids are fancy, luxurious, and fascinating. These elegant flowers are so fragile that most people don’t even dare to have one of them at home.

There’s something impressive about their fragility, and for many people, they are the symbol of love, purity and beauty. Orchids are popular in every part of the world, and there are over 30,000 varieties.

But, we bet you’ve never seen the Monkey Orchid. It flowers look just like a monkey’s face.

The Monkey Orchid grows well in forests of Peru. It’s also found in southeastern areas of Ecuador. The beautiful orchid grows about 2,000 feet above sea level.

Some like to call it Orchid Simia or Dracula Simia (monkey dragon). Carlyle A. Lueren, a botanist, was the first to name it in 1978.

There are 118 different varieties of the Monkey Orchid, and they grow in Mexico, Central America, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. Half of these varieties grow in Ecuador.

Dracula amaliae and Dracula gigas are the most sought for varieties. Their flowers have the distinctive monkey face, but they are different in color and shape.

The Monkey Orchid smells great, and its smell makes you think of fresh, juicy oranges. The fun part? They bloom in every season.

Well, they do like colder temperatures, low light and high humidity. Believe it or not, the Monkey Orchids grow up to 2 feet tall!

Growing your orchids can be quite achallenge, so we have provided some handy tips.

  • Make sure to provide a drainage hole in the plant container and a saucer. This will keep the soil moist.
  • If temperatures in your living area are high, provide 2-4 inch layer of mulch to lock the moisture in the soil.
  • Give your beauties moderately bright light. Avoid direct sunlight at any cost!
  • Clip off faded blossoms to give the other blossoms a nice shade.

We fell in love with these orchids, and you?

Sources:

dengarden.com/gardening/unusual-orchids

didyouknowfacts.com

www.marthastewart.com

www.gardeningknowhow.com