Phreatia habbemae

Phreatia habbemae J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 39 (1910) 18

Type: Römer, von 712 (holo BO)

Rhizome short; pseudobulbs closely spaced, very small, subglobose, 0.37 cm diam., sheathing at the base, 2-leaved (?). Leaves linear, obliquely obtuse, long conical-apiculate, narrowed at the base, above obtusely concave with convex sides, 3 by 0.4 cm. Inflorescence erect, secund, densely many-flowered; peduncle thin, 3.2 cm long, peduncle-scales few, lanceolate, tubular at the base, keeled, to 0.6 cm long; rachis ribbed-angular, 3.2 cm long. Floral bracts at the base ovate, long subulate-acuminate, 1-nerved, to 0.35 cm long. Flowers widely patent, 0.2 cm diam. Median sepal recurved, ovate-triangular, subacute, convex, 1-nerved, 0.13 by 0.13 cm. Lateral sepals broadly obliquely ovate, subacute, 1-nerved, 0.13 by 0.14 cm. Petals somewhat obliquely ovate, broadly obtuse, 1-nerved, 0.1 by 0.08 cm. Lip minute, sigmoid, clawed, 3-nerved, 0.1 cm long, when flattened slightly over 0.1 cm long, between the lobules of the claw 0.13 cm wide; claw concave, base hollowed out, broad, on either side with an erect, triangular, obtuse lobule; blade strongly dilated, shortly triangular-crescent-shaped, slightly acuminate, with the apex and the basal corners obtuse, concave, with recurved margins, 0.05 by 0.16 cm. Column minute, dorsally gibbose; clinandrium deeply concave; rostellum bidentate; stigma transversely crescent-shaped; column-foot in the basal part convex, 0.1 cm long, at the apex incurved, free and much narrower. Anther cucullate, reniform, broadly obtuse, 0.06 cm wide; pollinia subglobose; stipe spathulate. Ovary with pedicel clavate, 0.25 cm long, the ovary itself thick, 0.1 cm long; pedicel thin. (After Smith, 1911)

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest.

Flowering time in the wild: October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 549-92M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.