Elleanthus arpophyllostachys (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1862

Photo by Lourens Grobler and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Arpophyllum-Like Elleanthus [refers to its similarity to an Arpophyllum]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 600 to 1300 meters as a medium to just large sized sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with stiffly erect stems that are leafleess below and leafy above, carrying loosely several, subcoriaceous, strigose-puntate beneath, plicate, lanceolate, acute, long acuminate, abruptly narrowing below into the basally clasping leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a terminal, sessile, elongate rachis, arcuate-recurved, slightly longer than the terminal leaf, 3.2" [8 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with cymbiform, avate, obtuse bracts.

Synonyms Elleanthus attenuatus J.R.Johnst. 1905; *Evelyna arpophyllostachys Rchb.f. 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010

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