Teagueia barbeliana L.Jost & Shepard 2011

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Lou Jost

Full shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name Barbel's Teagueia [Albertino Abela of London contributed significantly to the conservation of this orchidís habitat; this species is named in honor of his mother Barbel, at his request current]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Tungerahua province of Ecuador in montane cloud forest in deep moss at elevations around 3400 to 3800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, long repent terrestrial or lithophyte with ascending, stout ramicauls enclosed by 1 or 2 imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, reticulate-veined, elliptical, obtuse, the base cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring from near the apex of the ramicaul, on an erect, successive, distantly several-flowered raceme, 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] to first flower, flowers spaced .48" [1.2 cm] apart, ; successively one to three, up to 7 flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to Teagueiae cymbisepalae Luer Jost and the like, but the sepals and petals rounded, the lateral sepals connate for 1/2 the margin and the lateral lobes of the lip clasping the column." Jost & Shepard 2011


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 pg 1039 top right photo fide; *LANKESTERIANA 11(1): 11 Jost & Shepard 2011 drawing fide;