Elleanthus aureus (Poepp. & Endl.) Rchb.f. 1863 Photo by Alfonso Doucette and The Orchidstudium Website

Common Name The Golden Elleanthus

Flower Size 3/8" [.93 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 2800 to 3300 meters as a small to large sized, cold growing terrestrial with compressed, lenticular in cross-section, vaginate below leafy above stems carrying rather densely many, subcoriaceous, ovate-lanceolate, to lanceolate-elliptic, acuminate, sessile, basally clasping leaves that blooms on a terminal, sessile, cylindric, slightly arcuate, debsely many flowered inflorescence with reddish purple, ovate-cymbiform, acute to subobtuse bracts. The photo is a plant in the south of Colombia on the slopes of the Purace Volcano.

Synonyms *Evelyna aurea Poepp. & Endl. 1836

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list ,IPNI ; The Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 9 1962 photo; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo not; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Dodson Vol 2 2001 drawing good/photo ok; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010