Elleanthus flavescens (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1862

Drawing by Dunsterville and Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Cold

Common Name The Yellow Elleanthus

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 2550 to 3000 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with erect to recumbent, fairly thin, terete, strong, occasionally branching stems that apically frequently have small, suberect, short, clustered plantlets, and all carrying plicate, thin, hard, rigid, narrowly lanceolate, acute to acuminate, basally clasping leaves that blooms on terminal from the plantlets and occasionally laterally from the main stem, 2.4" [6 cm] long, to 8 flowered inflorescence with relatively large persistent bracts and carrying yellow flowers with a white column and anther.

Very similar to and sometimes considered synomonous with E aurantiacus taking precedence, but E flavescens differs in the smaller flowers, the less cone-shaped inflorescence, and the more pronounced thickenings on the transverse callus

Synonyms *Evelyna flavescens Lindl. 1846

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; 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 1966 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Romero & Casrnevalli 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing hmm; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010