Cyclopogon ellipticus (Garay) Dodson 1993 Drawing by G Larsen/ Dodson / Luer 2005

Common Name The Elliptic Cyclopogon

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Ecuador in wet cloud forests at elevations around 2500 to 3000 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a basal rosette of 5 or so, green, elliptic to obliquely elliptic, acuminate, gradually narrowing and cuneate below into the canaliculate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, erect, 4" [10 cm] long, secund to subsecund, compact, loosely [not dense] to 50 flowered inflorescence with infundibuliform, lanceolate, decreasing in size upwards sheaths and ovate-lanceolate, long-acuminate floral bracts that are shorter than the flowers.

Often confused [see references below] with Cyclopogon estradea but it differs in the dense, elongate inflorescence with many overlapping basal sheaths, smaller flowers and a longer than the flower floral bract. It also differs by occuring in low coastal mountains in northwestern Ecuador in low, hot to warm cloud forests at elevations of 500 to 600 meters.

Synonyms *Beadlea elliptica Garay 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 as Beadlea elliptica this one is correct; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 0004 Dodson 1980 as Beadlea elliptica Not = C estradae; Flora of Ecuador # 76 225 [2] Orchidaceae Dodson/Luer 2005 drawing fide;