Pleurothallis fonsflorum Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name or Meaning The Fountain Of Flowers Pleurothallis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations around 1800 to 2700 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with fasciculate, stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3, loose, imbricating sheaths at the base and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, subacute to obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on simultaneously numerous, erect, slender, more or less secund, peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, arising through a spathe .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, rachis 5.2 to 10" [13 to 25 cm] long, densely and simultaneously many flowered inflorescence, with the oblique floral bract longer than the pedicel and ovary and carrying flowers with yellowish to rose sepals, transluscent petals with a purple midvein and a fleshy yellow to rose lip.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe fonsflorum (Lindl.) Luer 2004; Humboltia fonsflorum (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Stelis fonsflorum (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XVI Luer 1998 Drawing fide