Phreatia subcrenulata

Phreatia subcrenulata Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 935

Type: Schlechter 19798 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, very small, 4-5 cm high. Rhizome short; roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs closely spaced, broadly ovoid, 2-leaved, 0.3-0.4 cm high, above the base 0.3-0.4 cm diam. Leaves erect, oblong-ligulate, unequally bilobulate, gradually somewhat narrowed towards the base, c. 1.8-2.2 cm long, near the middle 0.5-0.65 cm wide. Inflorescence slender, rather laxly 15-25-flowered, secund, curved; peduncle about as long as the leaves, slender, with a few small scales. Flowers very small, glabrous. Sepals very broadly elliptic, minutely apiculate, 0.15 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, in front distinctly dilated. Petals obliquely ovate, obtuse, 0.1 cm long. Lip 0.14 cm long; basal part ovate-clawed, somewhat concave; blade very broadly crescent-shaped-reniform, with subcrenulate-undulate margins, broadly obtuse, 0.08 cm long, at the base 0.14 cm wide. Column short; clinandrium overtopping the rostellum. Anther ovate-cordate, cucullate; pollinia obliquely ovoid; stipe narrowly linear, as long as the pollinia; viscidium minute. Ovary pedicellate, 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1100 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 549-255M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.