Elleanthus gracilis (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1863

Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Part shade Cold Summer Fall

Common Name The Slender Elleanthus

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Venezuela Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations around 2800 to 3200 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with long, thin, decumbent, branching at considerable distance, single to 2 to 3 stems grouped together, carrying rather thin, klinear-lanceolate, long acuminate, plicate, three nerved beneath, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on a terminal, erect, subglobose to ovoid, sessile, 1" [2.5 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with quaquaversal, linear-lanceolate, long-acuminate, decreasing in size towards the top, floral bnracts and carrying flowers that are thin in texture and purplish in color.

Synonyms *Evelyna gracilis Rchb.f. 1850

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador 225[1] Orchidaceae Garay 1978; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 525 Dodson 1982 drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 230 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guyana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchids of Bolivia Vol II Laelinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2004 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson 2010 drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 1 Kolanowska & Szlachetko 2012 drawing fide;