Elleanthus lateralis Garay 1978 In Situ Ecuador Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower?

Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Lateral Elleanthus [refers to the basal, lateral inflorescence]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in eastern and southern Ecuador at elevations of 1500 to 2500 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with stiffly erect, leafy in the upper half stems carrying several, narrowly elliptic, acute, long acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on up to 4, lateral, basal, arcuate, elongate, subglobose, longer than the terminal leaf, to 5.2" [13 cm] long, subdensely several flowered inflorescence with cymbiform, acute longer than the ovaries floral bracts

This species is in a small group within the genus that has lateral inflorescence arising on leafless fertile stems. These include E escobarii, E hirtzii and E scarfii

CAUTION!!!! I am not convinced of either of these determinations so please use with caution. The terminal, dense inflorescence with bracts much longer than the flowers is not consistent with the descriptions available.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ok:; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing ok?/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing ok?; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 1 Kolanowska & Szlachetko 2012 drawing fide/ photo fide to the second photo;