10 of the World’s Weirdest Flowers

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#9 Monkey Face Orchid

World’s Weirdest Flowers

Dracula simia www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca Photo: Eric Hunt, Flickr

A fascinating orchid that has a distinctly monkey-like face, the monkey face orchid (Dracula simia) grows high up in the forests of southeast Ecuador in South America, at more than 1,000 to 2,000 m above sea level. When cultivated in domestic gardens or greenhouses, they need to be kept in an environment that doesn’t get hotter than 27 °C or 80 °F and is nice and humid. Named by an American botanist, Carl A. Luer in 1978, this sweet little epiphytic orchid smells like ripe oranges. Its botanical name Dracula (just look at the fangs) simia (meaning monkey) says it all.

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