Phreatia falcata

Phreatia falcata Ridl., Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 9 (1916) 195

Type: Kloss s.n. (Camp 1, 700 ft.); (Camp 3, 2500 ft.) (syn BM)

Plant very small, Stem very short 1 cm long, c. 5-leaved. Leaves oblanceolate, falcate, coriaceous, narrowed from the apex towards the base, 2.5 by 0.5 cm. Inflorescences axillary, slender, 5 cm long, with tubular peduncle scales; rachis 3 cm long, laxly many-flowered. Floral bracts short, lanceolate, ovate, cuspidate. Flowers small, 0.1 cm long. Median sepal ovate, obtuse. Lateral sepals much larger, ovate, rounded; mentum short. Petals smaller, lanceolate, obtuse. Lip with a broad saccate claw; blade broader, ovate, hastate, triangular, obtuse. Column short, broad. Anther ovate, rounded. (After Ridley, 1916)

Colours: Flower white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 759 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 549-76M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.