Elleanthus roseus Schltr. 1921

TYPE Drawing by © Rudolf Schlechter

TYPE Drawing of E carnevalii

TYPE Drawing of E carnevalli by © Calaway Dodson

Part shade

Common Name The Rose Elleanthus [refers to the flowers overall color]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Napo and Pichincha provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 1500 meters as amedium sized, cool growing epiphyte or terrestrial with cane-like, arcuate, elongate, slender, unbranched, basal half leafless, apical half 5 to 7 leaved stems carrying stiff, plicate, prominently 11 to 13 veined, distichous, ovate-elliptic, long-acuminate, sessile leaves that blooms on a terminal, with one to two reduced leaves subtending the base, cylindric, densely many flowered inflorescence with cymbiform, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying pale pink flowers with a brown apical spot on the lip.

This species is distinguished with an unbranched towards the apex stem, a cone-like inflorescence with spirally arranged pale pink flowers with a brown spot on the lip apex, the corpuscules of the lip separate but close set, a well developed infrastigmatic swelling, and the column lacking a hood extending over the anther.

Synonyms Elleanthus carnevalii Dodson 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8: 36 Ecuador Schlechter 1921; Figuren-Atlas zu den Orchideenfloren der südamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten [Beiheft 57, Repert. Spec. nov. Regn. veg., 1929], t. 13, fig. 46 Schlechter 1929 Drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing good; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing good