!Elleanthus lancifolius C.Presl 1827 Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website


Another Drawing

Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

partial shadeWarm Cold Winter SpringSummer fall

Common Name The Sword-Shaped Leaf Elleanthus

Flower Size .4" [1cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around [500] 800 to 2700 [3000] meters as a large sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial on steep embankments with erect, cane-like, terete stems enveloped completely by leafless and leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying towards the apex, plicate, narrowly linear-lanceolate, acuminate, deciduous, thin leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a pendent to horizontal, 3.2" [8 cm][ long, flexuous, glabrous, very fractiflex, few to several [6 to 9] flowered, racemose inflorescence with large, loosely arranged, deciduous, far exceeding the ovary and flower floral bracts

Synonyms Elleanthus laxus Schltr. 1913; Elleanthus macer Schltr. 1916

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 14: 388. Schlechter 1916 as E laxus; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 10. Costa Rica 1923 as E laxus; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 80. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as E laxus; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as E laxus; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 371 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1312 Atwood 1989 as E laxus drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1994 photo not = E fractiflexa; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1994 #830 photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 440 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing hmm; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing hmm;