Teagueia zeus (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2007

lip detail Photos by Lourens Grobler

Full shadeCold Winter

Common Name or Meaning Zeus' Teaugeia [Greek God of Gods - refers to the size]

Flower Size 3" top to bottom [7.5 cm]

Found in Pastaza Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, ribbed, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-ovate, undulate margins, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, cuneate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect to suberect, distantly, successively few flowered, 3.2 to 5.2" [8 to 13 cm] long including the 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long peduncle, racemose inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul with thin floral bracts.

Synonyms *Platystele zeus Luer & Hirtz 1990

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VII Systematics of Platystele Luer 1990 as P{latystele zeus drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007