I've 'seen' everything now - Dracunculus vulgaris

John T Lonsdale john@johnlonsdale.net
Tue, 05 Jun 2007 18:23:49 PDT
For the last couple of weeks I've been eagerly awaiting the flowering of
Dracunculus vulgaris on the slope by our driveway.  My wife called me this
morning to complain about the smell and mentioned a very large bird of prey
flying low up and down the drive.  My daughter was home and she then called
to say the same bird was perched for a long time on the brick pillars at the
side of the drive, intermittently circling the spot where the Dracunculus
is.  Half an hour later the entire 'flower' was broken off and left at the
side of the plant and when I came home it was obviously smashed - in fact
shredded in places.  Something took serious exception to it!  There was
absolutely no wind at the time and the neighbors were not involved in the
incident.  We don't have dogs.


Is there any documentation of Dracunculus being attacked by large birds of




John T Lonsdale PhD
407 Edgewood Drive,
Exton, Pennsylvania 19341, USA

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