Drakaea glyptodon Fitzg. 1882 Photo by Misha & Colin Rowan and their Retired Aussies Orchid Photo Webpage

Closeup 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; 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