Phreatia lasioglossa

Phreatia lasioglossa Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 942

Type: Schlechter 20284 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, very small, 4-5 cm high. Rhizome long creeping, slender; roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs 1.5-2.5 cm apart, oblongoid-cylindrical, minute, 1-leaved. Leaf erect, linear-ligulate, obtuse, towards the base gradually slightly petiolate-narrowed, 1.5-3 cm long, near the middle 0.2-0.45 cm wide. Inflorescence rather laxly few-flowered; peduncle slender, with a few small scales, almost twice as long as the leaf. Floral bracts ovate, acuminate, as long as the ovary. Flowers not resupinate. Sepals elliptic, obtuse, glabrous, 0.23 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base along the front margin strongly dilated. Petals obliquely oblong-ligulate, subobtuse, glabrous, clearly shorter than the sepals. Lip as long as the sepals, in basal half with a narrowly cuneate claw; blade suborbicular, with two swelling. Column very short; rostellum bidentate, distinctly overtopping the clinandrium. Anther cordate-cucullate, strongly umbonate; pollinia obliquely obovoid; stipe linear, as long as the pollinia; viscidium minute. Ovary shortly pedicellate, clavate, 0.25 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers white, greenish outside.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 549-111M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.