Teagueia alyssana Luer & L.Jost 2000

Photo by Lou Jost

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Alyssa's Teagueia [Ms Roberts American Orchid Enthusiast and sponsor of Louis Jost's work in Ecuador current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Tungurahua province of Ecuador at elevations around 3100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing , long repent epiphyte with ascending, stout ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, thickly coriaceous, pusticulate, broadly ovate, obtuse, abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, 2" [5 cm] long including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, distantly successively 2 to 3, few flowered inflorecescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul and has a oblique, acute, thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Distinguished by the long-repent rhizome, short, ascending ramicauls, broadly ovate, petiolate, thickly coriaceous, pusticulate leaves, and an erect, loose raceme of purple-black flowers that face downwards. The dorsal sepal and flanking petals are narrowly ovate with revolute sides, the lateral sepals broadly ovate and semiconnate and the lip is oblong and concave with a sharply defined cavity above the middle." Luer 2000


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide;