Elleanthus phorcophyllus Garay 1978

TYPE Drawing by Garay 1978

Part shade Cold Spring Summer

Common Name The Light Green Grayish Leaved Elleanthus

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 2800 to 3100 meters as a large to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with caespitose, erect, leafless, remotely vaginate below stems that are distantly branched above, branches loosely several leaved, carrying rather rigid, grayish, linear, tridenticulate apically, sessile leaves that blooms in the later spring and summer on a terminal, sessile, to 1.2" [3 cm] long, at first cone-like becoming more or less loosely few flowered inflorescence with cymbiform, acute, hyaline denticulate margin floral bracts and carrying orange flowers

The distinguishing factors of this species is the stems branched to wards the apex, narrow light green to glaucous gray leaves, the conical inflorescence with adpressed floral bracts and the orange flowers with small, separate corpuscules in the cavity of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Orchidaceae Garay 1978 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing good; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing good