Elleanthus kermesinus (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1862


Plant and Inflorescence

Photos by Rebecca Repasky and The Atrium Website

Part shade

Common Name The Carmine Red Elleanthus

Flower Size

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Peru at elevations of 1400 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial orchid with a much branched stem with leafy branches carrying coriaceous, rigid,distichous, 3 to5 nerved, plicate, linear-lanceolate to linear-elliptic, acuminate to mucronate, scabrous margined leaves that blooms on an abbreviated, strongly sinuous-fractiflex, 1 to 3.2" [2.5 to 8 cm] long, laxly 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence carrying bright carmine coloredflowers.

Synonyms *Evelyna kermesina 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; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 drawing good; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo good;