Phreatia repens

Phreatia repens J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 39 (1910) 19

Type: Römer, von 1299 (holo BO)

Rhizome creeping, elongated, sheaths membranous covered with. Pseudobulbs distant, somewhat appressed to the rhizome, very small, 0.4 cm long, 2-leaved. Leaves linear, obliquely obtuse or unequally 2-lobed, in the basal part conduplicate, when dried 1.5-3.5 by 0.1-0.16 cm; leaf-sheaths in the basal part tubular, 0.7-1.2 cm long. Inflorescences much longer than the leaves, erect, laxly several-flowered; peduncle thin, terete, c. 8 cm long; peduncle-scales tubular, acute, to 0.95 cm long; rachis angular, 3.2-3.8 cm long. Floral bracts appressed, 5-angular, subulate-acuminate, acute, concave, somewhat flexuose, to 0.3 by 0.15 cm. Flowers very small, 0.28 cm long. Median sepal reflexed, oblong-ovate, slightly acuminate, acute, convex, 1-nerved, 0.2 by 0.1 cm. Lateral sepals obliquely ovate, subfalcate, acutely acuminate, 0.2 by 0.14 cm. Petals ovate, at the base somewhat clawed-contracted, obtuse, 1-nerved, 0.15 cm long, almost 0.1 cm wide. Lip shortly clawed, 1-nerved, when flattened in total 0.15 cm long; claw concave, on either side rounded-dilated, inside with two calli; blade triangular-reniform, obtuse, at the base on either side rounded, minutely erose, papillose, 0.13 by 0.17 cm. Column very short, dorsally strongly convex, 0.06 cm long; clinandrium deeply concave; stigma transversely elliptic, deeply concave; column-foot pointing backwards, appressed to the ovary, short, at the apex incurved, 0.05 cm long. Anther cucullate, 5-angular-reniform, obtuse, 0.05 cm wide, connective swollen. Ovary with pedicel clavate; ovary finely warty, 0.15 cm long; pedicel 0.13 cm long. (After Smith, 1911)

Colours: Flower white, anther yellow.

Habitat: Terrestrial in montane forest; 2577 m.

Flowering time in the wild: November.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 549-213M.JPG.

Cultivation: Cool growing terrestrial.