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Monkey Orchid

by Brett M. Christensen

Above image courtesy: Columbus GV Team, on Flickr

A number of images depicting flowers with the face of a monkey have been circulating via social media posts and the blogosphere for several years. The flowers are often referred to colloquially as “monkey orchids” or “monkey-faced orchids”.

Many commentators have suggested that the images have been “photoshopped”.

However, the images are genuine and depict real orchid flowers.
The botanical name for the flowers depicted in some of the circulating images is Dracula simia. The name pays homage to the “monkey” resemblance (simia) as well as to a resemblance to the flowing cape and long fangs of the Dracula character in popular fiction.

Other circulating images depict Dracula gigas, another orchid species that also has flowers that resemble monkey faces.

These orchid species grow in their natural state in various South American forests at high elevations and are thus not often encountered by people in the wild. However, collectors have cultivated the plants elsewhere.

Note that some other types of orchids may also be called “monkey orchids”.

Monkey Orchid

Dracula gigas

By Orchi (Self-photographed) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,