Orchidae Nigra (Moonraker)

The Orchidae Nigra, as seen in Moonraker (1979).

The Orchidae Nigra, or Black Orchid, is a fictional rare purple flowering plant found growing among the ruins of an extinct ancient civilization near the River Tapirapé, in north-central Brazil. The orchid appeared prominently in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker and would be re-imagined for the 2012 video game 007 Legends.


Moonraker (film)

The Orchidae Nigra, or Black Orchid was thought to be extinct until a missionary brought one back from the River Tapirapé in Brazil. Held captive by Hugo Drax in an ancient temple, Bond is told that the orchid's pollen was responsible for the eradication of the civilization who built it. Highly toxic, long term exposure to the orchid's pollen causes sterility. Drax's scientists weaponized the pollen, creating a deadly nerve gas capable of causing instant death to humans rather than sterility. It does not affect plants or animals.

007 Legends

Over thirty years later, the Orchidae Nigra made a second appearance in the Moonraker-inspired levels of the 2012 video-game 007 Legends. Following a similar plot based loosely on the 1979 film, the orchid is utilized by Drax to create a deadly nerve gas and can be found as a collectible object during the mission. As with its film counterpart, the orchid can be seen contained within a glass orb.

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