Phreatia beiningiana

Phreatia beiningiana Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 186

Type: Schlechter 13689 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, very small, erect, stemless or almost so; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Leaves 4-6, erect-patent, linear, obtuse, somewhat narrowed towards the base, glabrous, rather thick, 3-4.5 cm long, near the middle 0.25-0.35 cm wide; sheaths dilated, tightly clasping, c. 0.5 cm long. Inflorescence narrow laxly 15-25-flowered, shorter than the leaves. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, almost as long as the ovary. Flowers erect-patent. Sepals ovate, obtuse, 0.1 cm long. Median sepals with minutely notched apex. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely oblong, subobtuse, about as long as the sepals. Lip not clawed, oblong-elliptic, obtuse, in the middle rather thick, margins subundulate, c. 1 cm long. Column short, foot short; clinandrium dorsally widened; rostellum short, in the middle shallowly notched. Anther subreniform, in the centre with a large hump, in front emarginate; pollinia 8, obliquely ovoid; stipe narrowly linear, almost as long as the pollinia. Ovary pedicellate, clavate, 0.1 cm long, glabrous. (After Schlechter, 1905)

Colours: Flowers pale yellowish.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 300 m.

Flowering time in the wild: October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 549-13M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.