Phreatia govidjoae

Phreatia govidjoae Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 937

Type: Schlechter 19779 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, 13-15 cm high. Rhizome very short; roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs ovoid, 2-leaved, 0.6-1 cm high, below the middle 0.3-0.5 cm diam. Leaves suberect, ligulate, obliquely obtuse, towards the base a little narrowed, 5-12 cm long, near the middle 0.7-1 cm wide. Inflorescence densely many-flowered, elongated, curved, almost secund, somewhat longer than the leaves; peduncle slender, with a few scales, 7-9 cm long. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, as long as the ovary or a little longer. Flowers very small, glabrous. Sepals ovate, subobtuse, 0.2 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, towards the base in front dilated. Petals obliquely ovate, obtuse, c. 0.15 cm long. Lip about as long as the sepals, in the basal part ovate-ligulate, concave; blade crescent-shaped, apiculate, base 0.15 cm wide. Column short; rostellum overtopping the clinandrium. Anther reniform-cordate; pollinia obliquely obovoid; stipe linear, as long as the pollinia; viscidium minute. Ovary pedicellate, clavate, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1300 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 549-88M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.