Phaius montanus Schltr. 1912 Photo By Neville Howcroft Copyright 1998, 1999 All rights reserved.Photo courtesy of Wolfgang H. Bandisch.


Common Name The Mountain Living Phaius

Flower Size 3"

This large sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial species is endemic to Papua and New Guinea on sharp ridges in the mistforests zone of the Torricelli range in humus between large stones in semi-open, bushy areas at elevations of 800 to 1300 meters with oval pseudobulbs carrying 4 to 6, petiolate, elliptic, acuminate, plicate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, 32" [80 cm] long, terete, glabrous, laxly 6 to 15 flowered inflorescence with the long lasting flowers crowded into the apical third of the inflorescence.

Synonyms Phaius montanus var seranicus J.J.Sm. 1928

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1914/1985; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 15 881 - 944 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1984; Lindleyana Vol 17 No 1 2002; 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