Phreatia pulchella

Phreatia pulchella Ridl., Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 9 (1916) 197

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

Rhizome thin, slender. Pseudobulbs very small, cylindrical, often somewhat distant, 0.4 cm long, dilated at the base, narrowed above. Leaves linear, falcate, thin, obtuse, unequally bilobed, 3-7.5 cm long, 0.1-0.2 cm wide. Inflorescence lateral, slender, 4 cm long; peduncle c. 2 cm long, with 3-4 dilated, cuspidate scales. Flowers 7-20, distant, secund. Bracts lanceolate, acuminate. shorter than the flowers. Sepals ovate, obtuse. Lateral sepals broader, pustulate; mentum short, broad, rounded. Petals shorter, ovate. Lip with oblong saccate claw; blade ovate, reniform, hastate. Column rather large, longer than the foot, rather thick. Anther ovate, acute. Pedicel with ovary 0.1 cm long(After Ridley, 1916)

Colours: Flowers white.

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: 549-204M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.