Phreatia chionantha Schltr. 1913 SECTION Bulbophreatia

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

Full shade Warm LATE Fall EARLYWinter

Common Name The Snow White Flowered Phreatia

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in forests at elevations around 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with small, close set, narrowly ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, suberect, obliquely linear, minutely and unequally bilobed apically, somewhat attenuate below into the base leaves that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect, peduncle thin, few bracted, rachis thin, subsecund, longer than the leaves to 4" [10 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, equal to a bit longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are snow white.


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