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David Emery

This Is Not a Monkey Orchid

By November 29, 2012

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Not a Monkey Orchid

Yes, the colorful center of this flower resembles a monkey's face, and yes, this image has been shared by thousands of Facebook users with a caption saying "Monkey Orchid." But no, that's not what this specimen is really called. Learn more...


February 12, 2013 at 2:53 am
(1) Elise says:

I wish some of the monkey orchid for my collection

March 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm
(2) Rich says:

How can you say this is not a monkey orchid? Common names for plants are transferable and confusing which is why we use scientific names in order to be specific. For example, how many plants are known as money plants?

May 1, 2014 at 10:03 am
(3) Dr Archana says:

These flowers have already been described in sanskrit ayurvedic literature they r originally from Indian himalayas and there names r described differently world is coming to know abt them now .They were present in india from ancient times kindly note that .

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