Elleanthus escobarii Dodson 1996 Photo in situ by © Juan Felipe Posada

TYPE Drawing Drawing by © Dodson The Epidendra Website

Partial shade Cool LATESummer EARLY fall

Common Name Escobar's Elleanthus [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Risaralda Colombia at elevations around 1900 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with a cane-like, arcuate, elongate, slender, unbranched, leafy in the upper half stem carrying 5 to 7 or if fertile 1 to 2, reduced in size or leafless, stiff, plicate, prominently 5 veined, distichous, narrowly elliptic, long-acuminate, sessile leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, on leafless stems to 4.8" [12 cm] long or on normal stems, cylindric, subdensely 9- to 15-flowered inflorescence with cymbiform, acute, as long as the ovary, bright red floral bracts.

The other similar species E lateralis, E hirtzii and E scarfii in their often leafless character of the fertile stems, but but differs by the dark green flowers subtended by bright red-purple bracts, and the presence of an enlarged infrastigmatic mentum.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 Elleanthus sp # 834 COS 1994 photo fide; *Orquideología 20: 4 Dodson 1996 drawing fide