Nature is full of surprises, and it never runs short of ways to intrigue us. And I'll be the first to admit; gardening is not my thing.
That is not to say I cannot appreciate a good garden when I see one. And I totally get why some people spend a lot of time tending their gardens. It is a rare way to get in touch with nature and enjoy its endless mystique.
I believe one motivation behind this trend is some plants people get to have in their gardens.
That is why I am willing to bet that any gardener would want one of these monkey-faced plants in their garden.
I don't care how much you don't give a damn about plants: this orchid is too adorable to ignore.
Orchids have been around for ages. Practically everyone has seen them. They are so common, and I doubt many people would be taken aback to learn that about 30,000 species of orchids exist.
No wonder you see them everywhere.
But have you seen the Monkey Orchid? If you want to get a little more scientific, the name Dracula Simia, which loosely means 'little dragon monkey.'
Here, take a look!
It should be obvious why they go by this name. The flowers look like cute monkey faces.
Personally, I don't remember ever seeing a cuter flower.
These rare and unique plants are found in Southeastern Ecuador and Peru, and they grow in cloud forests at altitudes of between 1,000 and 2,000 meters above sea level.
But what's intriguing is that the faces look so real!
As it turns out, they form through the special blooms that form from the petals and the stamens of the flowers.
They smell nice too, which does not remind you of the simian monkeys and their passion for flinging poop. The flowers have a distinctive scent that will remind you of ripe oranges.
Honestly, these plants are totally irresistible, though it's creepy how much they look like monkeys.
When in their natural settings, the Monkey Orchid can bloom at any time of the year. But they do this best at humidity levels of between 70% and 100%, and when the temperatures are cool, and the light is low.
However, that makes them harder to grow for some inexperienced botanists.
Experts recommend that you grow them in sphagnum moss and not soil. When fully grown, they get as high as two feet.
The Dracula genus, to which the Monkey Orchid belongs, has over 100 unique species of this flower. All of them are native to Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Central America, and Colombia.