The Orchis Simia, commonly known as the monkey orchid, is a greyish pink flower that is most commonly found in central and southern Europe, the Mediterranean, and North Africa. It gets its common name from its resemblance to a monkey’s body shape.

monkey orchid

The monkey orchid prefers dry to slightly moist conditions and like full sunlight or mid-shade. It flowers from March to June and can actually take 7 years after germination for a plant to flower.

Orchis Simia (monkey orchid)

Unlike most Orchids, the flower spikes on the Orchis Simia open from the top downwards. Each spike can carry up to 55 flowers.

Orchis Simia flower (monkey orchid)

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Orchis Simia (monkey orchid flower)Photo Credits to Bjorn S