Elleanthus reichenbachianus Garay 1978

TYPE Drawing by Dodson

Part shade Cold

Common Name The Reichenbach's Elleanthus [German Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size .38" [9mm]

Found in Colombia and northwestern Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with caespitose, rather slender, unbranched, vaginate below loosely 5 to 7 leaves above stems carrying thin, lanceolate, acuminate to long acuminate, 5 nerved beneath leaves with rugulose sheath that blooms on a terminal, ovoid to subcylindrical, densely many flowered inflorescence carrying dark orange-brown flowers with the apex of the column being white and the rostellum violet

Distinguished by the unbranched, terete stems witha cylindric inflorescence with spirally arranged, orange-brown flowers with cymbiform floral bracts and the sepals and petals orange and the apex of the lip brown and the corpuscules of the lip small and separated.

Synonyms Elleanthus kermesinus var. aurantiacus-simplex (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1862; Evelyna kermesina var. aurantiaca-simplex Rchb.f. 1854

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