Phreatia hollandiana

Phreatia hollandiana J.J.Sm., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 12 (1913) 122

Type: Bogor cult. (Gjellerup) 249 (holo BO)

Very small. Stem short, to 2 cm long, in the basal part covered with dry leaf-sheaths, above densely c. 7-leaved, rooting at the base. Leaves patent, petiolate, linear-lanceolate, thick-fleshy, 1.25-3.1 by 0.33-0.56 cm, obliquely obtuse or more or less bidentate or 2-lobulate, at the base acute, above obtusely concave, on either side of the mid-vein convex, below angular-convex; petiole channelled, 0.2-0.5 cm long; leaf-sheaths broadly tubular, soon splitting open in front and with broad scarious margins, 0.4-0.5 cm long. Inflorescences axillary, about as long as the leaves, laxly many-flowered, secund; peduncle thin, 0.35-0.8 cm long, with 1-2 subulate-acuminate scales; rachis angular, pale green, 1.7-2.7 cm long. Floral bracts at the base triangular, gradually subulate-acuminate, concave, to 0.28 cm long. Flowers minute, widely opening, 0.2 cm diam. Median sepal ovate-triangular, at the apex recurved, subobtuse, convex, 0.08 by 0.06 cm. Lateral sepals widely patent, obliquely ovate-triangular, subacute or obtuse, mid-rib dorsally thickened, 0.08 cm long, 0.07 cm wide. Petals widely patent, obliquely ovate, obtuse, concave, 0.07 cm long, 0.03 cm wide. Lip porrect, concave, 3-nerved, at the base with two gland-like calli, when flattened in outline more or less 8-angular, with finely erose-crenulate margins, 0.08 cm long, 0.06 cm wide, at the apex terminating in two triangular, equal or more or less unequal teeth. Column below the stigma convex, 0.03 cm long, at the apex broadly obtuse; clinandrium together with the rostellum broadly triangular; rostellum porrect, at the apex curved upwards, bidentate; stigma semi-orbicular; column-foot hardly developed. Anther cucullate, transversely quadrangular, broadly obtuse, 0.03 cm wide; pollinia subglobose; stipe linear; viscidium minute, the entire pollinarium almost 0.03 cm long. Ovary thick, 6-grooved, 0.1 cm long, pedicel thin, 0.1 cm long, ovary with pedicel clavate. (After Smith, 1916)

Colours: Leaves green, shiny above, dull below. Peduncle and rachis pale green. Flowers pale greenish yellow, anther white, pollinia yellowish, ovary green with greenish white pedicel.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 549-93M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.