Elleanthus scharfii Dodson 1994

TYPE Drawing by Dodson and The Epidendra Website

Part shade Cool Fall

Common Name Scarf's Elleanthus [American Coronel US Army, Birder and discover of species current]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Napo Ecuador at elevations around 1100 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with cane-like, arcuate, elongate, unbranched, basally leafless stems carrying in the apical half, 5 to 7, or on fertile stems 1 to 2 or none, stiff, plicate, prominently 7 veined, distichous, narrowly ovate-elliptic, long-acuminate, sessile leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, ariding on leafless to 2 leaved stems, cylindrical, subdensely few flowered inflorescence with cymbiform, acute, as long as the ovary, green floral bracts and carrying completely green flowers

This species is in a small group within the genus that has lateral inflorescence arising on leafless fertile stems. These include E escobarii, E hirtzii and E lateralis


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 19 #2 pg 137-139 Dodson 1994 Drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide