The Species Orchid Society of Western Australia (Inc)
Ron Heberle's Drakaea
Named after Miss Drake, a botanical artist who drew orchids and other plants to assist taxonomists in England in the 1800's.
The elaborate labellum structure is not sensitive and needs considerable
force to be moved. This force is applied be fast flying male wasps deceived
by the resemblance to the flightless females and the orchids pheromones,
which are similar to that which the female gives off when they are ready
There are four named species, (Drakaea elastica, Drakaea glyptodon, Drakaea livida and Drakaea thynniphila.), five in manuscript awaiting validation under the 'code', and three hybrids.