Phreatia caudata Schltr. 1913 SECTION Phreatia

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

Full shade Hot EARLY Summer

Common Name The Caudate Phreatia [refers to the tail-like inflorescence]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in forests at elevations around 250 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with a very short stem carrying 4 to 6, erect-spreading, falcate, narrowly linear, acute, somewhat narrowing below into the base leaves that blooms in the early summer on an arcuate to suberect, tail-like, slim, peduncle few bracted, equal to a longer than the leaves, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, almost equal to the flowers floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are white and the species is easily recognized by the tail like, somewhat longer than the leaves, slim inflorescence


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