Teagueia portillae Luer 2002

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Part Shade Cold Spring

Common Name Portilla's Teagueia [Ecuadorian Nurseryman Current]

Flower Size .2" [6 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, acuminate basally into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising from near the middle of the ramicaul, 3" [7.5 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, loosely few, successively 2 to 3 flowered, racemose inflorescence with thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts

"The smallest of the Teagueia and superficially resembling a Platystylis is characterized by an erect, hair-like rachis and peduncle about twice longer than the petiolate leaves. The raceme bears a few, distant flowers in succession. The sepals are long-acuminate into filiform tails. The hair-like petals reflex. The proportionally large, ovoid lip is held perpendicularily below the stout, short column. The lip is cellular-papillose with the cleft that is ciliate and pubescent." Luer 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV A First Century of New Species of Stelis of Ecuador Part 1 Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide