Dracunculus Vulgaris - Irina Viatkina
Dracunculus vulgaris is a species of aroid in the genus Dracunculus.
In Greece, part of its native range, the plant is called drakondia, the long spadix being viewed as a small dragon hiding in the spathe.
It is endemic to the Balkans, extending as far as Greece, Crete, and the Aegean Islands, and also to the south-western parts of Anatolia.
The palmate leaves are 20 cm long divided into segments and have occasional cream flecks along the veins. Petioles and stems are covered with brown spots, which gives them the appearance of snake skin. Inflorescence with pale green on the outside and inside of purple-crimson veil length of 45 cm and a dark purple spadix appear in late spring.
Bright cover inflorescences imitates its appearance rotting meat to attract native pollinators - flies and beetles (Staphylinidae, Scarabaeidae). The visible part of the almost black cob does not contain flowers and a special body to emit a fetid smell. Deceived by such insect bait hitting a blanket, then slides into the lower chamber, which is located at the base of the cob area of male and female flowers.
Easily propagated by seeds and the bulb-babies.
Watercolor on watercolor paper
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