Elleanthus tandapianus Dodson 1994

TYPE Drawing by Dodson and The Epidendra Website

Part shade Cold Summer

Common Name The Tapandi Elleanthus [the location of the type species]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Pichincha Ecuador on embankments at elevations around 2000 to 2400 meters as a large to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial with a pendent, slender, unbranched, terete, leafless in the lower 2/3's 5 to 7 leaves towards the apex, stem enveloped by leaf bases carrying narrowly ovate-elliptic, long-acuminate, 7 nerved beneath leaves taht blooms in the summer on a terminal, to 2" [5 cm] long, ovoid to subcylindric, densely many flowered inflorescence enveloped basally by a cymbiform, spathe like bracts and with narrowly ovate, acute, green floral bracts and carrying pink flowers embedded in gelatin.

Dodson 1994" This species is similar to Elleanthus capitatus (Poeppig & Endl.) Rchb.f. but differs in the non-capitate inflorescence, and the lack of an enlarged gibbose callosity on the underside of the column.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia 19(2): 138-139. Dodson 1994 Draiwng fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide

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