Phreatia dischorensis

Phreatia dischorensis Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 929

Type: Schlechter 19685 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, erect, delicate, 5-6 cm high; roots filiform, glabrous. Stem very short, 6-8-leaved. Leaves erect-patent, obliquely linear-ligulate, at the base distinctly petiolate, 2-4 cm long, near the middle 0.25-0.4 cm wide; sheaths rugulose, on either side at the apex lobed-dilated. Inflorescence rather laxly many-flowered, elongated, about half as long as the leaves; peduncle with a few small scales, almost twice shorter than the leaves. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, almost as long as the flowers. Flowers minute, glabrous. Sepals broadly ovate, obtuse, 0.1 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, towards the base in front dilated. Petals obliquely ovate, obtuse, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip as long as the sepals; claw suborbicular, short; blade very broadly reniform, obtusely apiculate, with wavy-curved margins, at the very base somewhat concave, 0.1 cm wide. Column short; rostellum bidentate; clinandrium broadly obtuse, slightly overtopping the rostellum. Anther reniform-cucullate, umbonate; pollinia obliquely obovoid, stipe slightly more than half as long as the pollinia, linear; viscidium minute. Ovary pedicellate, clavate, 0.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1200 to 1800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June, July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 549-67M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.