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Teagueia teaguei

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by EvanT, May 18, 2023.

  1. EvanT

    EvanT Member

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    Teagueia teaguei comes from the high Andes of northern Ecuador, Imbabura province, at 3000-3400 m. I've had this plant for around 3 years and this is its first blooming.

    This plant has a well-deserved reputation for being difficult to grow. I have found it nearly impossible. It is completely intolerant of anything but very cold conditions. At around 18C as a daily high, new growths will abort. I nearly killed this plant after not keeping it cold enough for a very short time.

    I grow this in my wine cooler, at the bottom in the coldest and most humid spot. After doing quite a bit of sleuthing online, using Wayqecha PE and Papallacta EC as templates, typical temperatures for a sub-paramo habitat at this elevation should be something like 15-16C max during the day, which is what I've programmed for my wine cooler. But this is the max -- most of the day it is much colder, around 10-12C. Nightly lows are around 4-5C.

    At these temperatures, growth and flowering is very slow. I can expect maybe two leaves per year, and the flower spikes take around 6 months to mature. It is also very prone to bud blast, which can be frustrating with flowers that take so long to develop.


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  2. rico

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    I applaud both your efforts and your results. Such charming, hyaline flowers it has!

    I'm curious if you've found other high-elevation plants to be similarly slow growers. Like many other Pleurothallids, this Teagueia looks like just another twig epiphyte to me, so I wouldn't have expected to hear it grows so slowly.
     
  3. EvanT

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    Most of my plants in the wine cooler grow very slowly, but I attribute this to the temps more than anything. There are a few cold growing Lepanthes that grow pretty fast in there though (quadricornis, ribes, scansor)

    Regarding T. teaguei, I don’t think it is a twig epiphyte. Based on the few in situ photos I’ve seen, it seems to mostly grow on moss tufts on large trees and stumps, big shady branches in the understory, stuff like that, rather than exposed out on twigs.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well done!
     
  5. spiro K.

    spiro K. Well-Known Member

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    There are some strange plants growing in the paramo.
    I've seen Aa sps. among grasses and Pleurothallids in rock crevices.
    I applaud your patience and perseverance with these things!
     
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  7. Alfonso Doucette

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    Nice work!!!! :grinning::hearteyes:
     
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    VERY nice!!! I have tried to grow a few Teagueia's... Hard to find commercially and getting one not half dead during shipping is very difficult...