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This story was first published on May 13, The photographs are genuine. Many commentators have suggested that the images have been digitally manipulated and do not show a real plant.
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Orchis italica , commonly known as the naked man orchid or the Italian orchid , is a species of orchid native to the Mediterranean. In Italy, it is believed that the consumption of the plant is conducive to virility. They are found commonly and widespread in the Mediterranean in large clusters. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 31 December Retrieved 6 September National Geographic. December Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Its two dark eyes, fuzzy dotted eyebrows, and furry nose and beard area bear striking simian resemblances that become even more obvious when viewed from a distance. It might as well be called the baboon faced orchid, but who's keeping track? The Monkey Face Orchid is incredibly rare so don't get upset if you've never seen one before. It is only found in the cloud forests of Peru and southeastern Ecuador at altitudes of more than 3, feet.