The Vampire Orchids

The Monkey Orchid belongs to the genus of orchids known as the Dracula orchids, so named for their brilliant blood red colored manifestation of many species. The Monkey Faced orchid, known by its binomial designation Dracula simia, is a popular South American orchid known for its odd resemblance to a monkey’s face.  The genus name Dracula is the diminutive of the Latin word draco meaning a serpent, a dragon or a sea monster, later applied to the fictional vampire in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  Simia is the Latin word for ape.  Monkey Orchids can bloom any season and have a pleasant order of ripe oranges when blooming.

Image of Dracula simia courtesy Quimbaya, used with permission under a Creative Commons 3.0 license.