Elleanthus aureus (Poepp. & Endl.) Rchb.f. 1863

Photo by Alfonso Doucette and The Orchidstudium Website

Plant and Flowers in situ Ecuador

Photo by Andreas Kaye and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Golden Elleanthus

Flower Size 3/8" [.93 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 1400 to 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, densely many flowered inflorescence with reddish purple, ovate-cymbiform, acute to subobtuse bracts.

Synonyms *Evelyna aurea Poepp. & Endl. 1836

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 9: 45 Peru Schlechter 1921; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; The Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 9 1962 photo fide; 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 good; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 1 Kolanowska & Szlachetko 2012 drawin good/photos fide; Orchid Digest Vol 81 #1 2017 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo hmm?