Elleanthus tovarensis Ames 1922 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower? Photo by Helge Vindenes and her Flickr Orchid Photo website

partial shadecold Fall

Common Name The Tovar Elleanthus [A town in Merida Venezuela]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a medium to large sized, cold growing terrestrial with erect cane-like stems carrying several towards the apex, coriaceous, lanceolate, plicate, 5 nerved beneath, acuminate, cuneate below into the base leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, shorter than the terminal leaf, racemose, ovoid to cylindric, sessile, densely many flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, cymbiform floral bracts that are longer than the flowers and decrease in size towards the apex.

CAUTION I am not convinced of this determination so please use with caution


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing ok; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing good; Genera Orchidacearum Epidendroideae Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and rasmussen 2005 drawing ok; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing good