Phreatia paleata (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1876 SECTION Phreatia

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Peter O'Byrne, André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulenand Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

ScentPart shade Hot Warm SummerFall

Common Name or Meaning The Shovel-Shaped Phreatia - In Australia The White Lace Orchid

Flower Size 1/8" [5 mm]

Found in Sulawesi, Bismark Islands, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Norfolk, Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa and Vanuatu in rainforests on mossy tree trunks at elevations around 400 to 740 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with closely spaced, oval to round pseudobulbs carrying 2, erect, oblong-lanceolate, acute to subacute, shortly petiolate base leaves of unequal length and blooms in the summer through fall on a basal, lateral, erect, 6.8 to 14" [17 to 35 cm] long, cylindrical tapering, densely many flowered inflorescence with cucculate, oblong, obtuse, floral bracts and has small fragrant flowers,

Synonyms *Eria paleata Rchb.f. 1876; Eria richardiana Rchb.f. 1868; Eria sphaerocarpa Rchb.f. 1868; *Oberonia micrantha A.Rich. 1833; Oberonia papuana F.M.Bailey 1900; Phreatia clivicola W.Kittr. 1984 publ. 1985; Phreatia collina Schltr. 1913; Phreatia graeffei Kraenzl. 1911; Phreatia macrophylla Schltr. 1906; Phreatia macrophylloides Kraenzl. 1929; Phreatia obtusa Schltr. 1911; Phreatia pholidotoides Kraenzl. 1928; Phreatia richardiana (Rchb.f.) Kraenzl. 1911; Phreatia robusta R.S.Rogers 1930; Phreatia samoensis (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1907; Phreatia sarcothece Schltr. 1911; Rhipidorchis micrantha (A.Rich.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2004; Rhynchophreatia micrantha (A.Rich.) N.Hallé, 1977; Thelasis samoensis Kraenzl. 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 drawing fide; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995; The Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide; Flora Malesiana: Orchids of New Guinea Vol 5 Schuiteman & D de Vogel 2008; A to Z of South East Asian Orchid Species Vol 2 O'Byrne 2011 photo fide

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