monkeyorchid

Yes, it is called Monkey Orchid. Common name is Monkey-Like Dracula and its scientific name is Dracula simia. This gorgeous one-of-a-kind orchid is usually found in the mountains of Ecuador with a scent like a ripe orange.

Named by the botanist Luer in 1978, you can see its resemblance to the “popped collar” cape of the popular representation of Dracula. Also, the spurs on the ends of the three petals somewhat resemble the fictional Dracula’s fangs. The name Dracula literally translates to “little dragon”, whereas the specific epithet simia translates to “monkey”.

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Photos from imgurgvtboliviadendrofanericinsf from flickr and orchidspecies.

 

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