Elleanthus decipiens Dressler 2004

TYPE Drawing by Dressler and The Epidendra Website

Side view of Inflorescence

Photo by The Orchids of Jamaica Gloudon & Tobisch 2005

Part shade CoolCold LATE Winter EARLYSpring

Common Name The Deceiving Elleanthus

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Chiriqui Panama in cloud forests on wind swept ridge at elevations of 1750 to 2100 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with few branched stems carrying ovate-lanceolate, acuminate leaves with striate sheaths that bloooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, capitate to subcapitate, many flowered inflorescence with lanceoalte-elliptic, acuminate floral bracts and carrying flowers that are cream colored and the pollinarium is purple.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; J. Orchideenfreund 11(2): 146-148 Dressler 2004 Drawing fide