Elleanthus hirtzii Dodson 1994

Plant in situ Ecuador

Photos by © Andreas Kaye and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by © Dodson and The Epidendra Website

Part shade Cool LATE Spring EARLYSummer

Common Name Hirtz's Elleanthus [Ecuadorian Engineer and Orchid Enthusiast]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 1400 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial withcane-like, arcuate, elongate, slender, unbranched, basal half leafless upper half leafy stem carrying 5 to 7 or if fertile 1 to 2 reduced, or leafless stem, thin, plicate, 7 veined, disitichous, narrowly ovate, acuminate, sessile leaves that blooms in the late spring and early summer on a terminal, cylindric, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with cymbiform, acute, shortere than the ovaries, pinkish in youth, becoming green in time floral bracts .

[Dodson 1994] "This species is similar to E. lateralis Garay, E escobari and E scarfii in the often leafless character of the fertile stems but is distinguished by the green flowers, the ovaries much exceeding the floral bracts, the closely approximate calli, the lack of a prominent, transverse ridge at the apex of the cavity of the lip and the lack of a hood covering the anther. "

Synonyms Evelyna gracilis Rchb.f. 1850

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología 19(2): 134-136 Dodson 1994 Drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo good; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing good

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