Even though this orchid resembles a monkey, and Monkey Orchids do exist, this is not a Monkey Orchid. The actual species shown here is Dracula gigas (Dracula meaning “dragon,” gigas meaning “giant”), even though this species doesn’t look like a dragon or a vampire.

This all being said, I am referring to them as Monkey Orchids because it’s my damn blog. 

They are found only in high elevations of Ecuador and Peru. The examples seen here are all cultivated – though it remains very rare in ‘captivity’.

Over 20,000 species of orchids exist, many of which are visually reminiscent of other creatures and objects–including: a German shepherd, an onion, an octopus and a human nose.