Elleanthus rhizomatosus Garay 1978

Drawing by Dodson and Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 452 1989

Part shade Cool Cold LATE Fall Winter

Common Name The Long Rhizome Elleanthus

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador on steep embankmensts at elevations of 1800 to 2300 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with an elongate, branching rhizome cane-like, terete stems carrying rather thin, linear-lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, 3 nerved beneath, sessile leaves that blooms in the fall through winter on a terminal or lateral on leafless stem, spicate, peduncle to an obliquely acending, 4" [10 cm] long, completely enclosed by imbricating sheaths, rachis to .8" [2 cm] long, loosely several flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, long acuminate, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Dodson 2010 "Distinguished by the unbranched stem, the long creeping rhizome, the unribbed leaf sheaths, the free lateral sepals, the lip with a transverse ridge in front of the cavity with the corpuscules freely exposed, and the column with a hood over the anther."


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Flora of Ecuador 9(225: 1): 95 Garay 1978 drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 452 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador 87(225: 3): 95 Dodson 2010; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 1 Kolanowska & Szlachetko 2012 drawing fide;