!Drakaea elastica Lindley 1840Photography by A Brown & S D Hopper. Image used with the permission of the Western Australian Herbarium, Department of Environment and Conservation (http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/help/copyright). Accessed on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 and the Florabase Orchid Photo Website

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Flower closeup Photos by Ron Heberle


Common Name The Elastic Drakea

Flower Size 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm]

Found in Western Australia in coastal Banksia forests near winter wet sites at elevations of sea level to 150 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold to cool growing terrestrial with a shiny, light green leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, [12 to 30 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Drakaea jeanensis R.S.Rogers 1920; Drakaea lucida J.Drumm. 1842

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 49 No 3 1985 photo ok; Orchid Australia Vol 11 No 6 1999 photo; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide