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Tue Jan 19, 2016, 01:14 PM

Crowds Flock to Japan to View Orchid Species Resembling a Monkey's Friendly Face (pics)

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, February 8th, 2016 will mark the start of the Year of the Monkey and one Japanese aquarium's celebrating in a floral fashion. The Aquamarine Fukushima recently opened up an exhibit featuring the rare Dracula simia flower—which is also known as a Monkey Orchid. Within its vibrant petals, visitors can observe features that strikingly mirror those that can be found on a primate's face. Certain Monkey Orchids even display a furry appearance, a brown coloration, and a tail-like structure, making the resemblance even more uncanny!

Monkey Orchids most commonly grow in parts of Ecuador and Colombia, which adds an extra element of uniqueness to the Japan-based exhibit. Up until January 12th, the Aquamarine Fukushima will continue to delight visitors with these apish flowers as they pay homage to the upcoming Year of the Monkey.


More photos at: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/monkey-orchid-japan-exhibit?context=tag-photo















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Reply Crowds Flock to Japan to View Orchid Species Resembling a Monkey's Friendly Face (pics) (Original post)
progressoid Jan 2016 OP
Jackie Wilson Said Jan 2016 #1
Cirque du So-What Jan 2016 #2
The Velveteen Ocelot Jan 2016 #3
progressoid Jan 2016 #5
Nay Jan 2016 #4
tabasco Jan 2016 #6
B2G Jan 2016 #7
mfcorey1 Jan 2016 #8
REP Jan 2016 #9
vaberella Jan 2016 #10

Response to progressoid (Original post)

Tue Jan 19, 2016, 01:14 PM

1. Nature, how wonderful it can be.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Tue Jan 19, 2016, 01:18 PM

2. Amazing

It's enough to make me admit that I haven't seen everything.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 19, 2016, 01:38 PM

5. Too cool.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Tue Jan 19, 2016, 01:25 PM

4. Good heavens, they look exactly like monkeys. Beautiful!

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Tue Jan 19, 2016, 01:40 PM

6. Very funny! Orchids are cool.

 

Many varieties grow wild here in W.Va. Always a treat to find one.

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Tue Jan 19, 2016, 01:42 PM

7. So cool...thanks for posting! nt

 

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Tue Jan 19, 2016, 01:43 PM

8. Unbelievable! Amazing!

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Response to progressoid (Original post)

Tue Jan 19, 2016, 01:48 PM

9. Draculas aren't rare; they're just a little difficult to grow due to their need for high humidity

Dracula simia is easier to grow than other draculas because they tolerate a wider range of temperature than other draculas do, but in general, most can be grown in conditions similar to those of their close cousins, masdevallias. Both have neat paddle-shaped foliage and are fun to grow.

/orchid freak

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Tue Jan 19, 2016, 04:32 PM

10. yeah, they're all kawaii.

I would go to.

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