These rare and cute orchid plants look just like tiny monkey faces
While most of us love feeling surrounded by flowers and natural vegatation, keeping your house plants alive isn't always an easy task.
What grows beautifully in one corner of your house, could suddenly go downhill when moved to another spot.
While house plants can bring life to any dull corner of your home - they also help improve the air quality in your house by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide, increase oxygen, and help to remove toxins.
For those of us who are beginners in the vegetation world, we may want to start with something that doesn't require much watering and is easy to grow.
Orchids are often the plant of choice as a gift, but it has a reputation for being difficult to grow, and once the blooms have died off most of us give up on the idea they'll ever bloom the following year.
But with a little knowledge, orchids are actually one of the easiest plants to grow with 30,000 different types to choose from, so they are in abundance.
One the cutest of orchid species are these monkey orchids, which have the added bonus of giving off the smell of ripe oranges. The combination of flower petals and stamens give this plant its unique appearance.
This particular species is not in abundance as they're pretty rare, growing only in the tropical forests of South Ecuador.
Also known as the "Dracula simia" - which translates to "little dragon monkey", these very cute blooms thrive at altitudes of 6561 feet (2000 meters) and can also grow up to 2 feet tall.
These beautiful plants, which bear an uncanny resemblance to our ancestral cousins, the monkeys, are pretty hardy with flowers that grow during any season, at any time.
The little dragon monkey orchid was first discovered in 1978 by botanist Carlyle A. Lueren and they have become a sort of spectacle since then.
While they can grow all year round, it takes a lot of effort to grow these beautiful plants as they require the opposite care of most plants - cool temperatures and low light.
If you do fancy the challenge then experts recommend growing them in moss instead of soil.
Thankfully, the orchids we have in our homes require far more less maintenance, just requiring an ice cube twice a week during growing season to prevent overwatering.
Place them on a bright windowsill facing east or west, feed them weekly with orchid fertilizer, and repot them in fresh orchid mix when they stop blooming.
What a beauty! I'd definitely feel like I was being watched if I was surrounded by these very cute "monkey like" plants.
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