Phreatia klossii

Phreatia klossii Ridl., Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 9 (1916) 195

Type: Kloss s.n. (Camp 3, 2500 ft.); (Camp 6a to 6b, 3100 to 3900 ft.) (syn BM)

Stems short, many-leaved, 2 cm long. Leaves linear, acute, coriaceous, 10 by 2 cm wide, sheaths oblong, split to base, ribbed, with crisped margins, 0.7 cm long. Inflorescence axillary, erect, slender, peduncle 4 cm long, with long-acuminate peduncle scales; rachis 1.2 cm long. Flowers densely crowded, minute. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, as long as or longer than the flowers, 0.15 cm [’15 mm’] long, lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate, acuminate. median sepal ovate, obtuse. Lateral sepals ovate, obtuse, broader; mentum rather long, horizontal. Petals much smaller, ovate. Lip trowel-shaped, with a rather broad claw; blade broader, ovate, obtuse. Anther shortly rostrate, rounded-oblong. Fruit cylindrical, sessile or subsessile, oblong, almost 0.3 cm long. (After Ridley, 1916)

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 759 to 1184 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 549-106M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.