Phreatia stipulata

Phreatia stipulata Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 912

Type: Schlechter 16770 (holo B, lost; iso BO, L)

Epiphytic, erect, very small, 3-4.5 cm high; roots filiform, glabrous. Stem almost lacking, 4-8-leaved. Leaves patent, obliquely ligulate, minutely apiculate, at the base distinctly petiolate-narrowed, 1.5-3 cm long, near the middle 0.25-0.4 cm wide; sheaths striate-veined, with broad stipule-like margins, overlapping, 0.4-0.5 cm long. Inflorescences erect, shortly pedunculate, rather densely many-flowered, shorter than the leaves or rarely about as long as the leaves. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, as long as the ovary. Flowers minute, glabrous. Sepals broadly elliptic, obtuse, almost 0.08 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base along the front margin below the middle a little dilated. Petals distinctly shorter than the sepals, obliquely ovate, obtuse. Lip at the base somewhat concave, oblong-square, towards the apex minutely dilated, at the apex itself subtruncate-broadly obtuse, 3-nerved, 0.65 cm long, below the apex c. 0.45 cm wide. Column very short; rostellum triangular, notched; clinandrium triangular, obtuse, longer than the rostellum. Anther reniform-cucullate, broadly obtuse; pollinia obliquely obovoid; stipe narrowly linear, a little longer than the pollinia; viscidium minute, elliptic. Ovary pedicellate, clavate, 0.13 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers greenish yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest; 250 to 350 m.

Flowering time in the wild: November.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 549-251M.JPG.

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.