Drakaea glyptodon Fitzg. 1882

Photo by Misha & Colin Rowan and their Retired Aussies Orchid Photo Webpage


Photo by Ron Heberle and the Thelymitra Page of The Species Orchid Society of Western Australia


Common Name The Glyptodon Drakaea [An Extinct Armadillo] - In Australia -"The King In His Carriage Drakaea"

Flower Size .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm]

Found in Western Australia in forested and shrubby habitats near winter wet soils at elevations of 10 to 250 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a dark green, prominently veined above, whittish beneath with a slender, green, thinner below, wiry, purplish stem with a minute, close fitting bract well below the middle and carrying a crinkly basal margined, ovate-cordate, thick leaf that blooms in the winter and earlier spring on an erect, 4 to 14" [10 to 35 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Orchids of Australia Nicholls 1969 drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 10 2002 photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 12 2007 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #1 2013 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 82 #2 2018 Photo fide