Elleanthus robustus (Rchb. f.) Rchb. f. 1862 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

More Open Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name The Robust Elleanthus

Flower Size 1/8 [.4 cm]

Found in Mexico, south to Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru as a large to giant sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with no psuedobulbs occuring in wet montane forests at 660 to 3130 meters with an erect, cane-like, simple, stout stem with many rather thin, size variable, lanceolate, long-acuminate, very large, plicate, acuminate, sessile leaves on rather loose fitting prominently ribbed, glabrous sheaths that blooms in the spring on a very compact, cylindric, to 7 1/4" [18 cm] long, densly many flowered inflorescence that arises from 2 to 3 large, imbricating, erect sheaths with rather thin, spreading, oblong-lanceolate, acute, floral bracts that are shorter than the flowers

Synonyms *Evelyna robusta Rchb. f. 1852

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 061 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 4 2006 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing good