Thursday, March 16, 2017

Plants that look like animals

God has quite a sense of humor. Consider these orchids:

BEE ORCHID (OPHRYS APIFERA)
The bee orchid attracts male bees for pollination by mimicking a receptive female. As well as producing a scent that the male bee confuses with the alluring odor of a potential mate, its petals also resemble the female’s shape. When the male mistakenly tries to mate with the object of its affections, it also transfers pollen to the flower.

MONKEY FACE ORCHID (DRACULA SIMIA)
Native to the mountainous regions of Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru, this rare orchid flower (pictured above) bears an uncanny resemblance to a monkey’s face. Its scientific name, Dracula simia, stems from the two long spurs that sprout from its blossoms like vampire fangs, while “simian” means monkey in Latin. Blooming all year round, the orchid also emits a scent like ripe oranges.

NAKED MAN ORCHID (ORCHIS ITALICA)
Also known as the Italian orchid, this flower has clusters of petals that look like cute little naked men. Flowering in April and May, it can grow up to 20 inches in height, but requires deep, rich soil.

FLYING DUCK ORCHID (CALEANA MAJOR)
Growing wild in eastern and southern Australia, this small orchid looks just like a flying duck preparing to make a landing. It can be found in eucalyptus woodland in coastal or swampy regions and was first collected in 1803 at the site of the Sydney Opera House.

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