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Croat, T. B. (1975). A NEW SPECIES OF DRACONTIUM (ARACEAE) FROM PANAMA: WITH NOTES ON THE SAPROMYOPHILOUS POLLINATION SYNDROME. Selbyana, 1(2), 168–171. Retrieved from https://ojs.test.flvc.org/selbyana/article/view/120002


The genus Dracontium is one of the most poorly known members of the Araceae in Central America. Individual plants are usually rare and in addition the solitary leaf is deciduous during the dry season. During the several years spent in field work on Barro Colorado Island, I was never able to locate plants of Dracontium although they had been seen by others. The species which occurs there was collected by Dr. Robert Dressler on June 30, 1972.  At that time no inflorescence was present. Later the tuber was transferred to the Missouri Botanical Garden by Dressler where it has flowered. Later Dressler collected a living specimen of the species near Archiote in Colon Province northwest of Barro Colorado Island, and I collected the species in the vicinity of the Summit Hills Golf Club in the Canal Zone. (Croat 27794 MO). The species has proven to be new to science and is described in honor of Dr. Dressler.


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