Phreatia procera

Phreatia procera Ridl., Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 9 (1916) 194

Type: Kloss s.n. (Camp 3, 2500 ft.); (Camp 6a, 3100 ft.); (Camp 6b, 3900 ft.); (Camp 6c, 5500 ft. (syn BM)

Plants with long stems, 50-60 cm long, at the base covered with whitish cataphylls. Leaves linear, grass-like, falcate, keeled, narrowed towards the apex, 7 cm long, 0.4 ['4'] cm wide; leaf-sheaths split, with scarious white margins, 2.5 cm long, thin. Inflorescences lateral, 10 cm long, laxly flowered almost to the base. Floral bracts as long as the ovary, acuminate, 0.1 cm long. Sepals ovate, acuminate; mentum very short, rounded. Petals smaller, lanceolate, acuminate. Lip broadly ovate, not clawed, with short apicule. Ovary cylindrical, smooth. (After Ridley, 1916)

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 759 to 941 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 549-200M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.