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Considering the fact that there are 30,000 species of orchids, it’s no wonder one of its kind will look like a monkey face. Often times when we’re outside embarking an adventure, we focus more on the landscape or animals, but ignore the plants under our nose, including here the monkey orchid.
The monkey orchid is probably one of the most unique flowers we’ve ever seen, and as a fun fact live up to its name. Originally it was named like this by botanist Carlyle A. Lueren in 1978.
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It is found in the forests of Peru and southeastern Ecuador, deep in the forest in he clouds at an altitude of about 2000 feet. Now that you know of their existence, you might be able to spot them easily if you live in North America, South America, Australia, Eastern Asia and South Africa, since they grow at any time of the year.
You might even try to plant it at home, but it’s not easy. Monkey orchids require specific environmental conditions, with humidity as high as 100%, low temperature and insufficient light. They are about two feet tall, and if you want to grow them at home you want to grow them in peat moss. Since they are difficult to grow for novices, you might as well try other types of orchids before getting them wet.
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