!Phreatia elegans Lindl. 1830 SECTION Phreatia

photo by The Wilhelm Hennis Orchideen Website

Inflorescence photo by Thjomas Dohling and his Webshots Orchid Photo Website

Drawing Drawing by Pradhan

Deep ShadeWarm Cold LATE Summer

Common Name The Elegant Phreatia

Flower Size .08" [2mm]

Found in India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Assam, Yunnan province of China and the eastern Himalayas in submontane and tropical wet evergreen forests at elevations around 750 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with a stout, more or less pseudobulbous stem carrying 1 to 3, linear-oblong to oblanceolate, obtuse to retuse, disitichous, narrowing below into the sessile base leaves that blooms in the late summer on an erect to arching, glabrous, lateral, 4 to 6.8" [10 to 17 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with distant, lanceolate, acute bracts and ovate-oblong to obovate-oblong, acuminate, single veined floral bracts.

Synonyms Eria elegans (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1868; Thelasis elegans (Lindl.) Blume 1856

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing good; Die Orchideen #6 21-24 tafel 7 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo ok; Botanisk Tidsskrift Bind 66 Hefte 4 Contributions to the Orchid Flora of Thailand III Seidenfaden 1971 drawing fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture vol 2 Pradhan 1979 drawing fide; A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon Vol 2 Dassanayake & Fosberg 1981 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing ok; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing good; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing good; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 Drawing/photo fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 2 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide;