Phreatia modesta

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

Type: Kloss s.n. (Camp 3, 2500 ft.) (holo BM)

Stem short, 0.5 cm long, 3-leaved. Leaves linear, obtuse, coriaceous, 3-5 by 0.3 cm. Inflorescence shorter than the leaves, slender, at the base with 3 distant, ovate or broadly lanceolate, cuspidate, inrolled peduncle scales. Flowers turned to all sides, minute, distant. Floral bracts lanceolate, long acuminate, the lower ones surpassing the flowers, the upper ones as long as the pedicellate ovary. Median sepal oblong, obtuse. Lateral sepals broader, ovate. Petals shorter and narrower, ovate, obtuse. Lip clawed; claw linear, channelled saccate; blade fan-shaped. Pedicel with ovary 0.1 cm long.(After Ridley, 1916)

Colours: Flower white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 759 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 549-152M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.