Amazing Orchids !!!

Some orchid species bear flowers that resemble bees, flies and spiders; hence, they were commonly named Bee Orchids, Fly Orchids or Spider Orchids. These orchids can be found in Europe, Asia and Africa. Most Ophrys orchids are dependent on symbiotic fungi. Here are some of the prettiest and unusual-looking bee and fly orchids.Even Some Orchids look like monkey nad have been named Monkey Orchids.Have a look at Most Amazing Orchids :

1. Fly Orchids !!!

Fly Orchid, is a species of orchid and the type species of the genus Ophrys. It is native to Europe and favors sites with alkaline soil. The name arises because it resembles a fly, being totally dependent on flies and bees for pollination. The plants use scent to attract male flies, which pollinate the flowers as they attempt to mate with the flower. The scent released by the flowers mimic female fly sexual pheromones.

Fly Orchid.
2. Bee Orchids !!!

The Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) is an herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the family Orchidaceae. The Bee Orchid grows to a height of 15–50 centimetres (5.9–20 in). This hardy orchid develops small rosettes of leaves in autumn. They slowly continue to grow during winter. Basal leaves are ovate or oblong-lanceolate, upper leaves and bracts are ovate-lanceolate and sheathing. The plant blooms from mid-April to July producing a spike composed from one to twelve flowers.

Bee Orchid.

3. Spider Orchids !!!

Spider orchids are orchids native to southeastern North America, the West Indies, and parts of Central and South America. Each stem of a spider orchid has one to three leaves. The flower spike extends laterally from the plant in most species. Spider orchid flowers are yellow, greenish yellow, or orange-yellow, often with spots or markings. The long, thin sepals and petals give each flower a spidery appearance.

Spider Orchid.

4. Monkey Orchids !!!

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 didn’t need much imagination to name it though, let’s face it.

Its scientific name is Dracula simia.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.

Monkey Orchid !!!