Elleanthus oliganthus (Poepp. & Endl.) Rchb. f. 1863

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Plant and Flowers in situ Ecuador

Photos by Lourens Grobler

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Photo by Patricia Harding

Common Name or Meaning The Sparse-Blooming Elleanthus

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Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru at elevations of 200 to 2700 meters in dry montane forests as a medium to large sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with simple, slender, glabrous stems enveloped by a few remote sheaths and carrying in the upper half, elliptic lanceolate, abruptly long acuminate, membranaceous, tapering to a sessile base leaves that blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, slender, loose, lax, many flowered, to 8" [20 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with spreading, triangular-linear to narrowly triangular lanceolate bracts that are slightly shorter than the flowers

Synonyms Elleanthus vitellinus Garay 1978; *Evelyna oligantha Poepp. & Endl. 1836

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 drawing hmm; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 as E vitellinus drawing ok; Die Orchideen lieferung #13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae Brieger 1983; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 451 Dodson 1989 drawing good; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo not = ?; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 1 Kolanowska & Szlachetko 2012 drawing/photos fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide