Monday, 25 March 2013

Monkey Orchids

These incredible looking flowers are
monkey orchids. There are two species
shown here, Dracula simia (the ones that
look like monkey faces) and Orchis simia
(which resemble little dancing monkeys).
Dracula simia are only found in the cloud
forests of southeastern Ecuador at
elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters and
their flowers smell likes ripe oranges.
Orchis simia are found in Europe, the
Mediterranean, Russia, Asia Minor and Iran
and the flowers smell strongly of feces!

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