Crowds Flock to Japan to View Orchid Species Resembling a Monkey’s Friendly Face
According to the Chinese lunar calendar, February 8th, 2016 will mark the start of the Year of the Monkey and one Japanese aquarium’s celebrating in a floral fashion. The Aquamarine Fukushima recently opened up an exhibit featuring the rare Dracula simia flower—which is also known as a Monkey Orchid. Within its vibrant petals, visitors can observe features that strikingly mirror those that can be found on a primate’s face. Certain Monkey Orchids even display a furry appearance, a brown coloration, and a tail-like structure, making the resemblance even more uncanny!
Monkey Orchids most commonly grow in parts of Ecuador and Colombia, which adds an extra element of uniqueness to the Japan-based exhibit. Up until January 12th, the Aquamarine Fukushima will continue to delight visitors with these apish flowers as they pay homage to the upcoming Year of the Monkey.