Monkey Orchid


Surprising, Isnt it ?, even I was surprised when I saw the photo of this flower,

Here is a bit of information about this wonderful Flower,

Monkey Orchid, Scientific name “Dracula simia” come from the south-eastern Ecuadorian and Peruvian cloud forests from elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters,

The orchid was named in 1978 by the botanist Luer but is in a family containing over 120 species mostly found in Ecuador.

Monkey orchid can flower at any time, it needs same treatment as normal orchids, they need to be kept more in shade and needs less of water, these Orchids are not season specific, Its smell resembles that of a ripe orange.

Here are couple of photos of Monkey Orchid,


  1. sugi tavva   •  

    this orchid information is very nice and i wanna buy and plantation in my garden … where this plant imports in india and please give details ….. thanks for this…………. have a gorgeous future my dear megha

  2. Elise   •  

    I wish some of the monkey orchid for my collection

  3. Durgesh   •  

    any monkey orchid importers in India?? I will like for my collection

  4. Megha   •     Author


    Monkey orchid is hard to find, though its seen in Sikkim, otherwise as mentioned here its found in south eastern forests.

  5. Priyesh   •  

    is it possible to get it’s plant

  6. Satyarth   •  

    Great job, Megha. 🙂

  7. Megha   •  

    Satyart: No, this is not from any chain mail, I actually googled about these orchids and when found that it actually exist, i posted about it,

    And don’t worry, at first even I thought that this must be pure photoshop, but I did some research on google.. and yeh it does exist .. as I have mentioned, it wont be seen everywhere .. Its from south-eastern Ecuadorian and Peruvian cloud forests.

    Also I have taken photos from real photographers websites, hence have mentioned their names too in couple of photos.

  8. Satyarth   •  

    There has been a spurt of references to the ‘Orchis simia’ in the past 2-3 weeks. Is this after the chain mail photo tags on facebook?

    Just asking, to know about the source of first reference.

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