Phreatia bulbophylloides

Phreatia bulbophylloides Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 939

Type: Schlechter 19104 (holo B, lost; iso BO)

Epiphytic, very small, 6-9 cm high. Rhizome creeping; roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs 0.5-1 cm apart, subglobose, c. 0.2 cm diam., 1-leaved. Leaf erect, narrowly oblanceolate, ligulate, obtuse, towards the base weakly petiolate-narrowed, 3-5 cm long, near in the middle 0.35-0.6 cm wide. Inflorescence slender, laxly 10-20-flowered, to 9 cm high; peduncle filiform, with a few scales, often longer than the leaves. Floral bracts ovate-lanceolate, half as long as the ovary. Flowers very small, almost secund, glabrous. Sepals broadly ovate, 0.13 cm long. Lateral sepals apiculate, oblique, towards the base in front somewhat dilated. Petals obliquely elliptic, obtuse, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip in basal half with a suborbicular, somewhat concave claw; blade very broadly reniform, apiculate, 0.13 cm wide. Column short; clinandrium subcucullate, overtopping the rostellum. Anther reniform-cucullate; pollinia obovoid; stipe sublinear, shorter than the pollinia; viscidium minute. Ovary pedicellate, clavate, c. 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 800 to 1500 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 549-27M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.