Dragon's mouth

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For the name of the series of straits separating the Gulf of Paria from the Caribbean Sea see Bocas del Dragón
Dragon's Mouth Orchid
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Arethuseae
Subtribe: Arethusinae
Genus: Arethusa
Species: A. bulbosa
Binomial name
Arethusa bulbosa

Arethusa bulbosa, commonly called Dragon's Mouth Orchid,[2] is the only species in the orchid genus Arethusa. The genus is named after a naiad of Greek mythology. This monotypic genus is abbreviated Aret in trade journals.

This terrestrial and very rare orchid occurs mainly in the temperate regions of Eastern North America. It occurs in bogs, swamps and other wet lowlands. It grows to a height of 15 cm. It forms a large, single, pink terminal flower, with a showy lip and white and yellow fringed crests.[1]



  1. ^ a b Justice, William S.; Bell, C. Ritchie; Lindsey, Anne H. (2005). Wild Flowers of North Carolina (2. printing. ed.). Chapel Hill, NC: Univ. of North Carolina Press. p. 52. ISBN 0807855979. 
  2. ^ Voitk, A & M. (2006) Orchids on the Rock: The Orchids of Newfoundland, Rocky Harbour, NL: Gros Morne Co-operating Association.

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