AMAZING PLANT WITH PERFECT RESEMBLANCE OF A MONKEY

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Isn’t it amazing that we could see a plant that has so much resemblance with a monkey’ face?

This is one nature that captivates its audience all over the world. It really does match the grinning face of a very small monkey. The scientific name of this very rare flower is Dracula Simia.

The name Dracula literally means “little dragon”, an allusion to the mythical Count Dracula, a lead character in numerous vampire novels and films. The name was applied to the orchid because of the blood-red color of several of the species, and because of the strange aspect of the long spurs of the sepals. While the Simia means Monkey in Latin.

The orchid was named in 1978 by the botanist Luer but is in a family containing over 120 species which are mostly found in Ecuador.  Up in the cloud mountains, the monkey orchid can flower at any…

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