Phreatia collina

Phreatia collina J.J.Sm., Nova Guinea 8, 3 (1911) 600, pl. 109 b

Type: Gjellerup 399 (holo BO)

Stem very short, c. 7-leaved. Leaves linear, 3-12 by 0.15-0.5 cm, gradually narrowed, at the apex narrowly obliquely obtuse with a conical apicule, at the base petiolate-narrowed and conduplicate, the blade obtusely concave, the lowest leaf very short; sheaths imbricating, in the basal part dilated and clasping the stem, with raised veins and cross-veins, margins crisped and membranous, 1-1.5 cm long. Inflorescences axillary, as long as the leaves, laxly many-flowered; peduncle thin; peduncle-scales small, c. 4, tubular (excepted the upper one), long acuminate 0.5-0.75 cm long; rachis angular, 7-8 cm long. Floral bracts clasping the ovary, 5-angular-rhombic, acuminate, 0.17 by 0.13 cm. Flowers very small, 0.18 cm long. Median sepal ovate, obtuse, 1-nerved, 0.1 cm long, 0.07 cm wide. Lateral sepals obliquely ovate, subacute, 1-nerved, 0.1 cm long, at the base 0.1 cm wide; mentum appressed to the ovary, obtuse, in front open, 0.05 cm long. Lip erect, clawed, concave, 1-nerved, when flattened 0.13 cm long; claw oblong, saccate at the base; blade triangular, obtuse, inside puberulous, when flattened 0.04 by 0.1 cm. Column very short, 0.05 cm long; clinandrium rather large, oblique; rostellum shortly bidentate; stigma transversely crescent-shaped; column-foot appressed to the ovary, at the apex somewhat incurved, 0.05 cm long. Anther transversely elliptic, at the base bilobulate, 0.05 cm wide. Ovary rather thick, 0.13 cm long. (After Smith, 1911)

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 400 m.

Flowering time in the wild: November.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 549-44M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.