Phreatia macra

Phreatia macra Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 932

Type: Schlechter 20141 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, slender, 9-20 cm long; roots filiform, glabrous. Stem elongated, slender, laxly leafy, 1-1.5 mm diam., flexuose. Leaves erect-patent, linear, subobtuse, 3-6 cm long, near the middle 0.13-0.18 cm wide. Inflorescence as long as the leaves, laxly 15-20-flowered, carrying flowers to near the base. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, almost as long as the ovary. Flowers minute, glabrous. Sepals ovate, obtuse, c. 0.1 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, towards the base in front somewhat dilated. Petals obliquely oblong, obtuse, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip about as long as the sepals; claw very short; blade orbicular, apiculate, at the base shortly subhastate. Column very short; rostellum bidentate; clinandrium semiorbicular, distinctly overtopping the rostellum. Anther reniform-cucullate, umbonate; pollinia obliquely obovoid; stipe linear, a little shorter than the pollinia; viscidium minute. Ovary shortly pedicellate, clavate, 0.15 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest and alpine shrubbery; 700 to 3700 m.

Flowering time in the wild: April, June, August, September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 549-134M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.