Phreatia flaccida

Phreatia flaccida Ridl., Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 9 (1916) 196

Type: Kloss s.n. (Camp 1, 500 ft.) (holo BM)

Stem short. Leaves linear, falcate, obtuse, thin, at the apex unequally bilobed, 3-7 by 0.2-0.5 cm. Inflorescence slender, longer than the leaves; peduncle to 10 cm long, with lanceolate, acuminate scales; rachis to 6 cm long, laxly flowered. Floral bracts short, ovate, cuspidate, cucullate, shorter than the ovary, shorter, 0.15 cm [‘15 mm’] long. Median sepal ovate, oblong. Lateral sepals larger, ovate, subacute. Petals almost spathulate, ovate, acute, narrowed at the base, much smaller than the sepals. Lip with a linear claw; blade reniform, broader, at the apex acute. Anther ovate, small. Ovary subcylindrical. (After Ridley, 1916)

Colours: Flowers according to Ridley apparently brown, anther 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: 549-78M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.