Elleanthus petrogeiton Schltr. 1921 Photo by Alexander Reynolds

Another Flower Photo by Eric Hunt

Common Name or Meaning

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador occuring in wet montane forests at elevations of 1500 to 3300 meters as a medium to giant sized, cool to cold growing, terrestrial with no psuedobulbs and an erect, robust, branching, leafy stem with striate nervose sheaths and carrying 2 to 3 per branch, erect, elliptic to elliptic-ovate, plicate, 7 nerved, papery, acuminate, minutely tridentate, narrowing below and rounded into the cuneate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, sessile, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence with erect-patent, acuminate floral bracts that surpass the flowers in length.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten III Ecuador Schlechter Ecuador 1921; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 200 drawing ok; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing ok