Elleanthus vernicosus Garay 1978

Photo by Alexander Reynolds and The UC Davis Botany Photo Website

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

Common Name The Varnished Elleanthus [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in eastern Ecuador at elevations of 1300 to 2500 meters as a large to giant sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial on embankments with unbranched, terete, leafy in the upper half stems carrying 5 to 7, thin, plicate, lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, shiny like varnish above, dark scaly beneath gradually narrowing below into the sessile leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, sessile, cylindric, 4" [10 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with 2, large, obtuse, foliaceous spathes below and purple, cymbiform, obtuse floral bracts.

Synonyms *Evelyna strobilifera Poepp. & Endl. 1836

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ok; Icones Plantarum Tropicaum Plate 454 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide/photo not = E virgatus; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010