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Drancunculus Crete1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Flowering plant
Class: Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Dracunculus
Mill. (1754)
The fruits of Dracunculus canariensis

Dracunculus is a genus of plants in the family Araceae. They have a large purple spathe and spadix, and a foul smell.

There are only three species of Dracunculus. Dracunculus vulgaris grows in Southern Europe and Northern Africa. Dracunculus canariensis grows in Canary Islands and Madeira.[1]

All of these plants are herbs with tubers. The individual flowers flowers are tiny: they are gathered in an inflorescence.

Common names for this plant are Snake Lily, Dragon Arum, Black Dragon, Voodoo Lily, Ragons, Black Arum, Dragonwort and Stink Lily.[2]

Dracunculus vulgaris is cultivated as a garden plant.

References[change | change source]

  1. Bricknell, Christopher (ed) 1996. The RHS encyclopedia of garden plants. Dorling Kindersly, London. p379 ISBN 0751304360
  2. Paghat.com: Dracunculus

Other websites[change | change source]

Wikimedia Commons For more multimedia, go to Category:Dracunculus.
Wikispecies Wikispecies has an entry on: Dracunculus (Areae)