Thursday, June 28, 2012

AMAZING MONKEY ORCHID and virtual tour of Machu-Picchu

Cut Worrying Down to Size

Rabbi Leib Dimiles, a wealthy businessman, was also a righteous Bible  scholar. Upon receiving news that all his money was lost, he calmly returned to his studies. His wife was shocked: "How can you remain calm in the face of such misfortune?"

Rabbi Leib replied, "Fortunately I have a very quick mind. The amount of worrying that would take someone else a year, I can worry about in a few seconds."

Love Yehuda Lave



The Amazing Monkey Orchid
Nature doesnt need an audience. These wonderful orchids come from
the south-eastern Ecuadorian and Peruvian cloud forests from elevations of
1000 to 2000 meters and as such not many people throughout history got to see
them. However, thanks to intrepid collectors we do get to see this wonderful
Monkey Orchid. Someone didnt need much imagination to name it though, lets face it.

Image Credit Columbus GV Team
Its scientific name is Dracula simia, the last part nodding towards the fact
that this remarkable orchid bears more than a passing resemblance to a monkeys face
although we wont go as far as to be species specific on this one. The Dracula (genus)
part of its name refers to the strange characteristic of the two long spurs of the sepals,
reminiscent of the fangs of a certain Transylvanian count of film and fiction fame.

Image Credit Flickr User Quimbaya

Image Credit Imgur
The orchid was only named in 1978 by the botanist Luer but is in a family containing over
120 species mostly found in Ecuador.  Up in the cloud mountains the monkey orchid can flower at any time
it is not season specific. It scent resembles that of a ripe orange.

Image Credit Flickr User Nolehace

Image Credit Flickr User Eric Hunt
The examples seen here are all cultivated though it remains very rare in captivity.
For that reason dont make a dash down to your local horticulturalist. Yet for those lucky
enough to have one, if kept quite cool and in partial shade and it can thrive and flower.
Like all orchids, however, it needs a lot of care and patience
so you may want to consider a cactus instead!

Image Credit Flickr User Jose X
If you don't quite see why this orchid gets its name, then do one thing. 
Move back from your screen a few feet and take another look.
Close up the similarity is good, from a distance it is astounding.

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