Teagueia puroana, discovered by Lou Jost, named after us, grows on the low branches and trunks of isolated, small trees. It differs in appearance from its relatives by its petals and sepals that taper to a long point. Before 2000, only six species of Teagueia were known to exist worldwide; three species found in Colombia and three in Ecuador. However, through the work of Lou Jostand his students on these and neighbouring remote mountains in the eastern Andes, more species have been discovered.
Watch our short film about the Puro Frog and Orchid.
Saving the Rainforest
The Puro Orchid was discovered and lives within the protected habitat of our Puro Rainforest Reserve in Ecuador.