Elleanthus lateralis Garay 1978

Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Lateral Elleanthus [refers to the basal, lateral inflorescence]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in eastern and southern Ecuador at elevations of 1500 to 2500 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with stiffly erect, leafy in the upper half stems carrying several, narrowly elliptic, acute, long acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the basally clasping leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on up to 4, lateral, basal, arcuate, elongate, subglobose, longer than the terminal leaf, to 5.2" [13 cm] long, subdensely several flowered inflorescence with cymbiform, acute longer than the ovaries floral bracts

This species is unique in the genus as it is an Elleanthus in ervery respect other than it has a basal, lateral inflorescence'

CAUTION!!!! I am not convinced of this determination so please use with caution. The terminal, dense inflorescence with bracts much longer than the flowers is not consistent with the descriptions available.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo ok?; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing ok?