(Castellano) Las extrañas orquídeas de Perú que parecen monos

ORIGINAL LANGUAGES, 14 Oct 2019

Andrea López | Tecnológico de Monterrey – TRANSCEND Media Service

17 Sep 2019 – Esta curiosa especie habita las montañas y fue descubierta hace menos de quince años.

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¿Qué ves en la imagen de arriba? Parecen pequeñas caras de mono, pero en realidad son orquídeas.

También conocidas como ‘orquídeas mono’, el nombre científico de esta planta peruana es igual de curioso: Dracula saulii.

Dracula es un género de orquídeas al que pertenecen 118 especies nativas de Latinoamérica. Su extraño nombre “Dracula” deriva del latín “pequeño dragón”, haciendo referencia al aspecto que presentan, con dos largas espuelas que salen de los sépalos.

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Las Dracula saulii se caracterizan además por sus colores blanco, rosado y marrón, así como por su forma que, en conjunto, dan por resultado su similitud con los monos. Éstas fueron descubiertas recientemente, en 2006, por el peruano Saúl Ruiz, de acuerdo con los expertos, de ahí el “saulii”.

Las ‘orquídeas mono’ crecen en climas fríos, especialmente en los bosques de las montañas de Perú, húmedos y brumosos, alcanzando poco más de medio metro de alto.

¿Puede la clonación de plantas ser la solución a la extinción de especies? Entérate aquí.

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