Saturday, January 2, 2016

Visitors Flocking To Japan To See Rare 'Monkey-Faced' Orchids


February 8, 2016 marks the start of the Year of the Monkey according to the Chinese lunar calendar. An aquarium in Japan, Aquamarine Fukushima, has decided to celebrate with a unique exhibit.
The aquarium recently opened up this exhibit which features the rare Monkey Orchid, officially known as the Dracula simia flower.
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The arrangement of the flower's column, petals and lip strongly resembles the face of a monkey. Some Monkey Orchids even have a furry appearance, a brown hue, and a tail-like structure, making for an even stronger resemblance.
The flowers are most commonly grown in parts of Colombia and Ecuador - far away from Japan, which makes it even more unique to be exhibited here.

It's hard not to laugh, looking at all of those "faces" - a stunning example of the amazing things Mother Nature can do. Clearly she was "monkeying around" when she made these.
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If you thought this flower couldn't possibly be any cooler - well, it can. When it's fully blossomed, it smells like a juicy, ripe orange.
Unfortunately, it's very difficult to grow, which is why they're rarely seen in captivity.
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If you hope to see the Monkey Orchids in person, you can do so up until January 12, 2016 at the Aquamarine Fukushima aquarium in Iwaki, Japan.

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