Phreatia imitans Schltr. 1913 SECTION Phreatia

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

Full shade Hot LATEFall EARLY Winter

Common Name The Imitating Phreatia [refers its similarity to P scaphioglossa]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in forests at elevations around 250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with almost no stem carrying glaucous, falcate-oblique, obtuse, narrowing below into the base leaves that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect-spreading, slim, peduncle, few bracted, to 2" [5 cm] long, a little shorter than the leaves, 2" to 3.6" [5 to 9 cm] long, subsecund, sublaxly many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, as long as the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are white and the leaves of this species and P scaphioglossa are blue green. They differ however in the flower morphology. Another similar species is P gracilis but it differs in the lack of the glaucous [blue green] leaves and has a different shape to the petals.


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