Elleanthus blatteus Garay 1978 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower head Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Partial sunCool Coldfall

Common Name or Meaning The Purple Elleanthus

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in very wet montane forests at elevations of [600] 1100 to 2600 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial on clay roadbanks and embankments with a slender, remotely vaginate below, few leaved above cane-like stem enveloped in the upper portion by imbricate, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying narrowly ovate, stiffly erect, subplicate, purple veined below, narrowly lanceolate, tapering towards both ends acute basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall on a subsessile, ovoid or subglobose, densely many flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, imbricate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, *Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 445 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Ecuador Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010