Elleanthus strobilifer (Poepp. & Endl.) Rchb.f. 1863

Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Photo Website

Floral closeup Photo by Andreas Kaye and his Flickr Orcid Photo Website

Common Name The Gyroscope Elleanthus

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in French Guiana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1000 to 2200 meters as a giant sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial on embankments with slender, unbranched towards the apex, terete, leafy in the upper half stems carrying 5 to 7, thin, narrowly ovate-elliptic, long acute, gradually narrowing below into the sessile leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on a terminal, cylindric, to 4" [10 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with large, acute, foliaceous spathes below and thin spreading, ovate, acute, cymbiform bracts.

Synonyms *Evelyna strobilifera Poepp. & Endl. 1836

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 9: 45 Peru Schlechter 1921; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 13 Schlechter/Brieger 1983 drawing ok; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 0051 Dodson 1989 drawing hmm; Native Colombia Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 as E aff strobilifera photo ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Peru Zelenko and Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide; Orchids of French Guiana Szlachetko, Veyret & etal 2012 drawing good/photo fide