Elleanthus columnaris (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1863

Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and the The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Column-Shaped Elleanthus

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela and northern Brazil at elevations of 700 to 2000 meters as a large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with an erect, terete to very lighly compressed, green to purple brown stem enveloped by in the lower third, old tubular grey, nervose sheaths and in the upper 2/3"s green. leaf sheath bases carrying shiny green above, rather dull beneath, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, plicate, basally clasping leaves that blooms on a terminal, erect, closely packed, subtended by many braacts that are the same brilliant fuschia-magenta as the sepals, 2" [5 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence and carrying flowers with a white lip with rusty colored markings.

Synonyms *Evelyna columnaris Lindl. 1846

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated vol II Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 drawing good; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guyana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchids of Bolivia Vol II Laelinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2004; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 1 Kolanowska & Szlachetko 2012 drawing ok