Elleanthus lentii Barringer 1985

Photo by Dressler


Common Name Lent's Elleanthus

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama in premontane wet forests at elevation around 750 to 1600 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphtye with an erect, terete, branching stem carrying plicate, narrowly lanceoplate, acuminate, triapiculate leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a 1 to 1.6" [2.5 to 4 cm] long, subcapitate, many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, long acuminate floral bracts and carrying white flowers.

Similar to E capitatellus but it differs in the much shorter floral bracts that are adpressed to the inflorescence. The inflorescence is clearly capitate but it is not a member of the Section Cephalelyna


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; J. Orchideenfreund 11(2): 143-146 Dressler 2004 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 1 Morales 2009 photo fide; Orchids of the Darien Gap Kolanowska 2014