Elleanthus amethystinus (Poepp. & Endl.) Rchb. f. 1862 Photo by Gilberto Escobar

Another Flower Photo by 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 in montane forests on open rocky, brush and tree covered slopes at elevations around 1500 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with elliptic-lanceolate, tough, pale green, thin leaves on a tubular stem with close, tubular, scarious sheaths that blooms in the winter and early spring on a terminal, short, racemose inflorescence carrying several campanulate flowers.

This species 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; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 9: 45 Peru Schlechter 1921; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 as E magnicallosus not drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 7 1979 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum 031 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; 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;