Teagueia rex (Luer & R. Escobar) Luer 2007

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Inflorescence

Photo by Lisa Thoerle

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing of Platystele rex by Carl Luer

Common Name The Kingly Teagueia [Refers to the large size of the flower compared to other Platystele, a genus where this species originally resided]

Flower Size .4" x 1.5" [1 cm x 3.75 cm]

Found in Colombia at elevations around 2200 meters in cloud forests as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an ascending, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, imbricating sheaths and carries a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, erect, elliptical, acute, acuminate leaf with the base acuminate into the petiole. This species blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, subdense, distichous, 4 2/5" [11 cm] long including the 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from near the middle of the ramicaul and having a thin floral bracts.

Often found in small caves on cliff banks along streams where the flowers and plants are much bigger than when exposed on a tree in more sun.

Synonyms *Platystele rex Luer & Escobar 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 15 #2-3 1982 as Platystele rex drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 as Platystele rex drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Vol 8 1991; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 as Platystele rex photo fide; Natve Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007