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

The Year of the Monkey starts on February 8, 2016 according to the Chinese lunar calendar. An aquarium in Japan, Aquamarine Fukushima, has decided to celebrate with a very unique exhibition.
 


The rare Monkey Orchid, officially known as the Dracula simia flower is the main attraction at the recently opened aquarium.
 
The arrangement of the flower strongly resembles a monkeys face. 



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.
 
When it's fully blossomed, it smells like a juicy, ripe orange.

It's rather difficult to grow however, which is why they're rarely seen in captivity.


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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