Phreatia jadunae

Phreatia jadunae Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 927

Type: Schlechter 19338 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, erect, 5-8 cm high; roots filiform, glabrous. Stems almost lacking, 4-6-leaved. Leaves more or less patent, ligulate, apiculate, somewhat narrowed towards the base, 3.5-7.5 cm long, near the middle 0.5-0.8 cm wide. Inflorescence erect, rather densely many-flowered, almost as long as the leaves, turned to all sides; peduncle short, with a few small scales. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, as long as or a little shorter than the flowers. Flowers minute, not resupinate, glabrous. Sepals broadly ovate, subobtuse, about 0.1 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base along the front margin somewhat dilated. Petals very broadly rhombic, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip as long as the sepals; claw suborbicular, contracted in front; blade abruptly dilated, broadly triangular-reniform, obtuse, as long as the claw, at the base 0.1 cm wide. Column short; ; rostellum bidentate; clinandrium obtusely triangular, overtopping the rostellum. Anther reniform-cucullate, umbonate; pollinia obliquely obovoid; stipe shorter than the pollinia, linear; viscidium very small, orbicular. Ovary pedicellate, clavate, 0.15 cm long.(After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 250 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 549-99M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.