Elleanthus caricoides Nash 1907 Photo by © Franco Pupulin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Common Name The Carex-Like Elleanthus [A small reed-like grass]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in moist lower montane forests at elevations of 200 to 1350 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a very slender stem carrying a few, linear-lanceolate to linear, long acuminate, plicate leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, dense, 1 to 1.4" [2.5 ot 3.5 cm] long, successively 3 to 7 flowered, heloconially arranged inflorescence with a big, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, green floral bract and a carrying, successively single, bell-shaped flowers that are almost hidden among the bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 34: 119. 1907; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 163. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 670 Hamer 1982 drawing good; ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 10 (1) ABRIL 1986 drawing/photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing good; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Icones Orchidacearum Plate 553 Hagsater 2002 drawing good; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide;