Phreatia bigibbosa

Phreatia bigibbosa J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 19 (1908) 31

Type: Versteeg 1660a (holo BO)

Stem very short, c. 5-leaved. Leaves patent, oblong or lanceolate, at the apex unequally acutely bidentate, with a subulate mucro, at the base narrowed and conduplicate, along the midrib grooved above, keeled below, 1-2.2 by 0.3-0.75 cm; sheaths clasping, broad, short, with recurved margins, 0.2-0.4 cm long. Inflorescences axillary, laxly many-flowered, much longer than the leaves; peduncle thin, 2.2-4 cm long, peduncle-scales distant, ovate, at the base tubular, acuminate, with recurved margins, 0.25-0.5 cm long; rachis angular, 1-3.7 cm long. Bracts triangular, acute, concave, erose, 1-nerved, to 0.16 cm long. Flowers small. Median sepal ovate, apiculate, 1-nerved, 0.13 by 0.08 cm. Lateral sepals parallel, obliquely ovate-triangular, shortly acuminate, tip acute, concave, 1-nerved, 0.13 cm long and wide; mentum shortly saccate, broadly rounded, 0.06 cm long. Petals obliquely subelliptic, obtuse, at the base cuneate, 1-nerved, 0.08 by 0.05 cm. Lip clawed, concave, 3-nerved, when spread 0.13 cm long; claw at the base almost semiorbicular constricted above, concave, inside with two rather large calli; blade much broader than the claw, broadly triangular, obtuse, at the base subreniform, concave, papillose, not puberulous, 0.07 by 0.1 cm, the basal lobule somewhat directed backwards, rounded-truncate. Column short, narrowed at the base, 0.06 cm long; clinandrium concave; rostellum short, 2-dentate; stigma transverse; column-foot pointing backwards, apex incurved, 0.07 cm long. Anther subreniform. Ovary pedicellate, clavate, 0.17-0.2 cm long. (After Smith, 1909)

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 40 to 900 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, August, October, November, December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 549-16M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.