Elleanthus virgatus (Rchb.f.) C.Schweinf. 1938 SECTION Virgatae Garay 1969

Photo by Alexander Hirtz


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Spotted Elleanthus

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations of 1000 to 3000 meters as a medium to just large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial and occasional epiphyte with an erect, branching and rooting stem carrying plicate, lanceolate, acute to acuminate, 3 denticulate apically, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate, clasping base leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, fractiflex, 3.2" [8 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence with glumaceous-cymbiform, acute floral bracts that are as long or longer than the ovary and the flower

Synonyms Pseudelleanthus virgatus (Rchb.f.) Brieger 1983; *Sertifera virgata Rchb.f. 1876; Sobralia micrantha Kraenzl. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Sertifera virgata; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ok; Die Orchideen lieferung #13 753 - 816 Bulbophyllinae Brieger 1983 as Pseudoelleanthus virgatus drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 as V vernicosa photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 eDrawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 1 Kolanowska & Szlachetko 2012 drawing/photo fide;