Phreatia myriantha

Phreatia myriantha Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 918

Type: Schlechter 19535 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, erect, 23-28 cm high; roots filiform, glabrous. Stem almost lacking. Leaves erect or suberect, linear, acute, gradually somewhat narrowed towards the base, somewhat fleshy, keeled below, 12-18 cm long, near the middle 0.9-1.2 cm wide. Inflorescence more than half as long as the leaves, densely many-flowered; peduncle 7-8 cm long, with two medium-sized, distant, clasping scales. Floral bracts acuminate, only slightly longer than the ovary. Flowers minute, glabrous. Median sepal oblong, obtuse, 0.08 cm long. Lateral sepals as long as the median sepal, obliquely broadly ovate, obtuse, at the base in front dilated. Petals obliquely oblong, obtuse, 0.07 cm long. Lip cuneate, in front very broadly rhombic, broadly obtuse, as long as the sepals, near the apex 0.06 cm wide. Column short; rostellum broadly triangular, bidentate, longer than the clinandrium. Ovary subsessile, cylindrical, 0.13 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers greenish white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 549-162M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.