Phreatia laxiflora (Blume) Lindl. 1830

Plant and Flowers in situ Photos by Peter O'Byrne

Full shade Warm Cool LATE Winter

Common Name The Lax Flowered Phreatia

Flower Size

Found in Malaysia, Java, Sumatra and Vietnam at elevations of 1000 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying 6, linear, obliquely obtuse, apically cusped, narrowing towards the base and the apex leaves that blooms in the late winter on an axillary, longer than the leaves, to 8" [20 cm] long, fairly densely [despite the name] many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Dendrolirium coriaceum Blume 1825; *Dendrolirium laxiflorum Blume 1825; Eria coriacea (Blume) Rchb.f. 1857; Eria laxiflora (Blume) Miq. 1859; Phreatia coriacea (Blume) Lindl. 1830; Pinalia laxiflora (Blume) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Java Comber 1990 photo ok; The Orchids of Penninsular Malaysia and Singapore Seidenfaden & Wood 1992 drawing ok; Orchids of Sumatra Comber 2001 photo hmm; A field Guide to the Wild Orchids of Thailand Vaddhanaphuti 2005 photo ok; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide

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