Elleanthus fractiflexus Schltr. 1921 Photo by Lourens Grobler

EARLY

Flower Size The Fractiflex Elleanthus

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru on steep embankments in very wet montane forests at elevations of 900 to 2500 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with a terete, erect, cane-like stem enveloped completely by adpressed, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying thin, plicate, strongly veined, distichous, linear, unequally 3 denticulate apically, mucronate dorsally, mucro not surpassing the apex of the leaf blade, acute leaves that blooms in the fall and early winter on a terminal, much longer than the terminal leaf, subsessile, sub-globose, 2.2" [6.5 cm] long, fractiflex, sparsely furfuraceous, loosely several flowered inflorescence with purple, distichous, basally non-imbricating, ovate-cymbiform, acuminate floral bracts that are longer than the flowers.

Synonyms Adeneleuterophora fractiflexa (Schltr.) Dudek & Szlach. 2010; Elleanthus tenellus L.O.Williams 1941

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 8: 37 Schlechter Ecuador 1921; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Orchids of Peru Vol 5 Schweinfurth 1970; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ok; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 370 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 449 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo #830 fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing good; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing good; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 1 Kolanowska & Szlachetko 2012 as Adeneleuterophora fractiflexa drawing good/photo fide

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