Since there are over 20,000 orchid species it’s not surprising that there should be a huge variety of flower shapes, but the ten examples shown here bear a remarkable resemblance to various animals and insects. Of course the purpose of flowers is to attract insects to ensure pollination, but these ten sure have a strange way of going about it. I came across these in an article by Suzanne Day which I found on the Dengarden website.
If you have never seen the unusual monkey face orchid, you are in for a real treat. Whenever I show these to people at work, they think that the orchid photos are photoshopped. They aren?t.
There are over 20,000 orchid species in the world and many of them are quite amazing. Orchids produce the most interesting rare and exotic flowers, in all different colours, shapes, smells and variegations. They also have a number of interesting tricks regarding fertilisation. It?s a bit scary and sad to think that many of the exotic ones are endangered or are on the verge of extinction. Here is my top ten list of known orchids that look like animals.
1. Monkey Face OrchidBotanical Name: Dracula simia or Dracula gigas
Found on the sides of the high mountains in south eastern Ecuador and Peru at an elevation of 1,000 – 2,000 meters, the monkey face orchid is a popular but rare favourite among orchid collectors, because it has a distinctive monkey or baboon face in its flower.