Dracula simia

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Dracula simia
15.Dracula simia, the Monkey Face Orchid (10957423336).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Genus: Dracula
Species: D. simia
Binomial name
Dracula simia
(Luer) Luer
  • Masdevallia simia Luer

Dracula simia, called also monkey orchid or the monkey-like Dracula, is an epiphytic orchid originally described in the genus Masdevallia,[2] but later moved to the genus Dracula.[1] The arrangement of column, petals and lip strongly resembles a monkey's face.[2][3] The plant blooms at any season with several flowers on the inflorescence that open successively.[2] Flowers are fragrant with the scent of a ripe orange.[4][5][6]

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  1. ^ a b "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species".
  2. ^ a b c Carlyle A. Luer. "Miscellaneous species of Masdevallia (Orchidaceae) from Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia". Phytologia. pp. 185–235. Description of Masdevallia simia on pages 229-230
  3. ^ Pridgeon, Alex (1992). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids. Timber Press. p. 113. ISBN 0-88192-267-6.
  4. ^ "Plant of The Week: Monkey Orchid". 2012-06-12. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
  5. ^ http://www.kuriositas.com/2012/06/amazing-monkey-orchid.html
  6. ^ http://www.fiboni.com/2013/03/flowers-with-a-monkey-face-see-it-to-believe-it/