Elleanthus amethystinus (Poepp. & Endl.) Rchb. f. 1862 Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.


Common Name The Purple Elleanthus

Flower Size 1/8" [3 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Peru as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial in montane forests on open rocky, brush and tree covered slopes at elevations around `1500 to 2000 meters with elliptic-lanceolate, tough, pale green, thin leaves on a tubular stem with close, tubular, scarious sheaths that blooms with a terminal, short, racemose inflorescence with several campanulate flowers occuring in the winter and early spring, which can take full sun except at midday.

Synonyms Evelyna amethystina Rchb. f. & Warsz. 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Evelyna amethestina; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 as E magnicallosus not drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 photo; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum 031 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide;