The Bee Orchid (Ophrys fuciflora) belongs to the Orchidaceae family and resembles a bee, hence its name. It has an underground egg-shaped part where it accumulates food. This species grows wild in mountainous areas of Israel, sprouting leaves and tall flowers (up to 80 cms) in early winter. The bulbs empty and shrivel in April and May and then a new bulb grows. The portions of the plant that grow above ground wilt at the end of spring and the bulb remains viable during the dry months of summer. The Bee Orchid, which serves as the symbol of the Israeli Orchid Society, is one of approximately eight species
of wild bee orchids that are known to grow in Israel.
The Monkey Orchid (Dracula simia) belongs to the same family and grows on trees in the high forests of Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. The scientific name of this flower is comprised of two words: "Dracula", which stems from its resemblance to the famous Count's fangs, and "simia", which means monkey. This orchid is also named for an animal, because its single flower resembles the face of a monkey. This orchid has an irregular blossoming cycle, allowing it to bloom throughout the year. Each flowering is made up of a number of flowers which open one after the other. Its strong fragrance is that of a ripe orange.
Chairman, Israeli Orchid Society
Israel will always remember that Ecuador was one of the 33 countries that supported the establishment of the State of Israel during the historic UN General Assembly vote on November 29, 1.947
Since the opening of the Israeli Embassy in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, on June 19, 1957 the relationship between Israel and Ecuador has deepened. Today the two countries cooperate in many areas, including agriculture, culture, science and education. Recently, they are also working together in the fields of high-tech, economy and venture capital funds.
Both plants are featured on the joint issue Israel-Ecuador stamp, highlighting the great significance both countries attribute to the preservation of nature and the environment. The stamps emphasize the breathtaking beauty of Israel and Ecuador and the
closeness that exists between the two
countries despite the great geographical distance that lies between them.
Israel Ambassador to Ecuador