Elleanthus arpophyllostachys (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1862

Photo by Lourens Grobler and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Arpophyllum-Like Elleanthus [refers to its similarity to an Arpophyllum]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 600 to 1300 meters as a medium to just large sized sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with stiffly erect stems that are leafless below and leafy above, carrying loosely several, subcoriaceous, strigose-punctate beneath, plicate, lanceolate, acute, long acuminate, abruptly narrowing below into the basally clasping leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, sessile, elongate rachis, arcuate-recurved, slightly longer than the terminal leaf, spirally arranged, elongate, 3.2" [8 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence carrying orange flowers with cymbiform, ovate, obtuse bracts.

Synonyms Elleanthus attenuatus J.R.Johnst. 1905; *Evelyna arpophyllostachys Rchb.f. 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945 as E attenuatus; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 Drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 # 7 1979 photo fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 058 Dodson 1980 darwing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guyana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Choco Colombia Misas 2005 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010