Elleanthus ensatus (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1863

Photo by Natalla Salcedo Grebecho and her Flickr Nature Photo Website

Part shade Cold LATESpring

Common Name The Sword-Shaped Elleanthus [refers to the floral bracts]

Flower Size

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 2500 to 3000 meters as a large to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect to slightly arcuate, simple, leafy above stem carrying linear-lanceolate to elliptic-linear, rigid, coriaceous, plicate, acuminate with an acute apex leaves that blooms in the late spring on an arching, terminal, strobiliform, subglobose capitate to oblong cylindric, to 4.8" [12 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with spreading,ovate-lanceolate, steaceous-acuminate floral bracts that are much longer than the pink to carmine flowers

Synonyms *Evelyna ensata Lindl. 1846

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8: 37 Schlechter Ecuador 1921; 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; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969;