monkey orchid


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monkey orchid

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(Plants) a European orchid, Orchis simia, rare in Britain, having a short dense flower spike that opens from the top downwards. The flowers are white streaked with pink or violet and have five spurs thought to resemble a monkey's arms, legs, and tail
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The monkey orchids and man orchids are two very rare breeds and are protected by law.