Phreatia caudaeflora

Phreatia caudaeflora Gilli, Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 84/B (1983) 39, fig. 30

Type: Gilli 276 (holo W)

Epiphytic. Roots long, flexuose. Stem very short, densely leafy, covered with the leaf-sheaths. Leaves suberect, curved, linear, 4-8 by 0.2-0.6 cm, base somewhat narrowed, obtuse. Peduncle 5-10 cm long; rachis very long, curved, laxly 50- to 100-flowered, 10 cm long. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, 0.1 cm long. Flowers not resupinated, glabrous. Sepals elliptic, obtuse, about 0.1 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, towards the base dilated, shortly subacuminate. Petals subligulate, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip nearly as long as the sepals, at the base almost linear, abruptly dilated into the almost triangular, subobtuse blade. Column long. Ovary and pedicel very short, hardly 0.1 cm long. (After Gilli, 1983)

Colours: Flowers white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest; 2100 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 549-33M.JPG.

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.