Elleanthus bifarius Garay 1978

Photo by Orquivalle and their Colombia Orchid Website

Part Sun Cool Cold

Common Name The Double-Sided Elleanthus [refers to the odd, bract encased inflorescence that is a very compressed corymb]

Flower Size

Found in Colombia and Ecuador on a steep, rocky slope definitely sun- exposed at elevations of 1900 to 2150 meters as medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with an erect, rigid, somewhat sinuous, loosely several leaved stem carrying very stiff, glistening dark green, narrowly ovate-lanceolate, subacuminate, subplicate leaves that blooms on a terminal, erect, sessile, 3.6" [9 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with bifarious, rose-colored, densely imbricating, ovate-cymbiform, much longer than the flowers floral bracts that decrease in size towards the apex.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list ,IPNI ; *Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids COS Vol 5 1994 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide