Elleanthus hymenophorus (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1862 Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name or Meaning The Membrane Bearing Elleanthus

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador in wet montane forests at elevations of 650 to 2000 meters as a medium to large sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial on steep grassy embankments or sometime epiphyte with simple stems that are enveloped by rugose leaf-sheaths and carrying 3 to several, chartaceous, plicate, elliptic-ovate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, 1 3/4" to 4 3/4" [4 to 12 cm] long, densely many flowered, racemose inflorescence.

Synonyms Elleanthus albertii Schltr.1923; Elleanthus curtii Schltr. 1923; *Evelyna hymenophora Rchb.f. 1852

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 79. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as E curtii; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 162. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as E alberti; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 as E curtii drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 669 Dodson 1982 as Elleanthus alberti drawing hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 368 Dodson 1982 as Elleanthus curtii drawing hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 671 Dodson 1982 drawing hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 675 Dodson 1982 drawing hmm; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 as E curtii photo ok; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as E albertii drawing ok; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as E curtii drawing hmm; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1310 Atwood 1992 drawing hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 1 1998 drawing; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 as Elleanthus curtii drawing hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 5 2006 photo; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 as E curtii drawing ok

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