Heinrich Wilhelm Schott, 1832
Algeria, Bulgaria, Corse, East Aegean Island, Greece, Italy,
Kriti, Sardegna, Sicilia, Turkey, Yugoslavia
Purple / Black
dracunculus, L. 1753.
Aron dracunculum, St.-Lag.
Arum guttatum, Salisb.
Dracunculus creticus, Schott.
Dracunculus dracunculus, Voss.
Dracunculus major, Garsault.
Dracunculus polyphyllus, Blume.
Dracunculus spadiceus. Raf.
This member of the Araceae
family was described by Heinrich Wilhelm Schott in 1832, and is found in the
Mediterranean and Algeria,
growing in a well drained soil with some water and lots of sun. The
bulb will grow to 20 centimetres in diameter, the leaf-like stem to
40 or even up to 180 centimetres. The flower stinks, and are dark
purple and almost black. It can be reproduced by seeds and bulbs.
The genera name means 'little
dragon-plant'. The species name means 'common'.
This plant has a
sub-terrain bulb, and is a little out of my league, but I saw it in
Greece, and was very fascinated! (The bulb is buried deep in hard
soil, and I did not dig down to it!)