Elleanthus graminifolius plate
Elleanthus graminifolius plate from Iconographie des Orchidees du Brésil

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Arethuseae
SubTribe: Sobraliinae
Genus: Elleanthus
Presl. 1827
Type Species
Elleanthus lancifolius

Elleanthus is a genus of about 118 orchids (family Orchidaceae) and the only genus of the subtribe Sobraliinae.


Plants are found from Mexico through Tropical America.


The plants in this genus have branched stems, leathery veined leaves, and eight pollina. Plants can be terrestrial or epiphytic. The plants have 54 chromosomes and are pollinated by humming birds.


Grow in partial to full sun usually in intermediate to warm temperatures. Plants can be grown in sandy soil or bark with perlite. Keep the mix moist but not wet. Never let the mix dry out for long periods.


The genus was named after Helena, was the daughter of Athamus, king of Thessaly, and Nephele, a nymph. The name is derived from Elle which means Helena and anthos which means flower.


  1. Eveleyna Steud 1820
  2. Evelyna P&E 1836

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