Elleanthus cordidactylus Ackerman 1987

Flower Closeup

Photos by Papo Vives and The Plantas de Puerto Rico Website


Common Name The Three Fingered Elleanthus [refers to the leaf apex being tridentate]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Peurto Rico in wet montane broadleaved forests often along streams at elevatinos of 250 to 1400 meters as a miniature to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte or rupicolous orchid with an erect,clustered, slender, wiry stem carrying numerous, cauline, deciduous, condupl,icate, linear, trifid apically with the middle one longer, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall and earlier winter on a terminal, spicate, successively few, 4 to 12 flowered inflorescence with distichous, conduplicate, imbricate, floral bracts reminiscent of grass spikelets and carrying largely concealed and sometimes deformed by the bracts.

Synonyms Adeneleuterophora cordidactyla (Ackerman) Dudek & Szlach 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide;