Elleanthus wercklei Schltr. 1923 Photo by Franco Pupulin and The Epidendra Webpage

Full Shade CoolSpring

Common Name Werckle's Elleanthus [German Orchid Collector late 1800's - early 1900's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Nicaragua and Costa Rica at elevations around 1400 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with a flexuous, glabrous, erect stem carrying 5 to 7, erect-patent, subcoriaceous, glabrous, narrowly lanceolate, obtusely acuminate, long-cuneate into the base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, distichous, to .8" [2 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with erect-patent, lanceolate, obtuse-acuminate, concave, scarious, as long as to longer than the flowers floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 11. 1923; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1015 Hamer 1984 drawing good; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing good; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993 Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Pupulin 2005 photo fide;