Pleurothallis fortunae Luer & Dressler 1991 SUBGENUS Dracontia SECTION Dracontia Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Fortuna Pleurothallis [A Dam in Chiriqui Panama]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Chiriqui province of Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 shorter sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising through a narrow spathe at the base of the leaf, loose, flexuous, distichous, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, more or less simultaneously few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to P ramonensisInstead of long, narrow, acute leaf, P fortunae has a short, broad and obtuse leaf. Instead of strict and secund the inflorescence is distichous and flexuous. The sepals are longer and narrower, with the margin of the dorsal sepal involute. The thick lips are basically similar with thin, erect, rounded basal lobes but the distinct, grooved margins of the semiterete blade of P ramonensis are lacking on the flat surface of P fortunae." Luer & Dresssler 1991

Synonyms Dracontia fortunae (Luer & Dressler) Luer 2004; Stelis fortunae (Luer & Dressler) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 6(2): 97, 100, f. Luer & Dressler 1991 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:263 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Stelis fortunae;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004as Dracontia fortunae

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