Phreatia brachyphylla Schltr. 1913 SECTION Phreatia

Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Warm LATEWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Short Leaved Phreatia

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in forests at elevations around 900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a very short stem carrying 4 to 6, subpatent, obliquely-ligulate, apiculate, narrowing below into the base leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect-spreading, slim peduncle, few bracted, a little shorter than the leaves, to .8" [to 2 cm] long, laxly 10 to 15 inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, as long as the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are white and that the leaves are very short at less than .68" [1.7 cm] long.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing fide