Phreatia transversiloba

Phreatia transversiloba Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 936

Type: Schlechter 19632 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, erect, 10-12 cm high. Rhizome very short; roots filiform, glabrous. Pseudobulbs closely spaced, ovoid-conical, 2-leaved, 0.4-0.6 cm high, above the base 0.25-0.35 cm diam. Leaves suberect, obliquely ligulate, subobtuse, apex unequally bilobulate, gradually somewhat narrowed towards the base, 5-9 cm long, near the middle 0.55-0.7 cm wide. Inflorescence rather densely many-flowered, distinctly overtopping the leaves; peduncle slender with a few small scales. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, about as long as the ovary. Flowers very small, not resupinate, glabrous. Sepals ovate, 0.18 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, in front dilated, apiculate. Petals obliquely ovate, obtuse, 0.13 cm long. Lip in basal half with an ovate-oblong, concave claw; blade transversely oblong, apiculate, 0.2 cm wide. Column short; clinandrium subcucullate, overtopping the rostellum. Anther reniform-cucullate, apiculate; pollinia ellipsoid; stipe linear, as long as the pollinia; viscidium minute. Ovary pedicellate, clavate, 0.4 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flowers white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 549-269M.JPG.

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.