Phreatia monticola

Phreatia monticola Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 922

Type: Schlechter 18226 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, erect, 4-5 cm high; roots filiform, glabrous. Stem very short, hidden by the sheaths, 6-8-leaved. Leaves erect-patent, subfalcate-ligulate, apex unequally and obtusely bilobulate, at the base petiole-like narrowed, 1.3-2.5 cm long, near the middle 0.2-0.3 cm wide. Inflorescence slender, to 4 cm long, rather laxly many-flowered; peduncle slender with a few small scales. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, about half as long as the pedicellate ovary. Flowers erect-patent, subsecund, minute, glabrous. Sepals broadly ovate, obtuse, 0.15 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base in front dilated. Petals obliquely ovate, obtuse, a little shorter than the sepals. Lip as long as the sepals, at the base semiorbicular-clawed, somewhat concave; blade almost square-reniform, apiculate, 0.1 cm long, 0.13 cm wide. Column short; rostellum short, bidentate; clinandrium obtuse, as high as the rostellum. Anther reniform-cucullate, umbonate; pollinia obliquely obovoid; stipe about as long as the pollinia; viscidium very small. Ovary shortly pedicellate, clavate, c. 0.25 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1100 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 549-155M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.