Phreatia kaniensis Schltr. 1913 SECTION Phreatia

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

Full shade Warm Winter Summer

Common Name The Kani Range Phreatia

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in forests at elevations around 700 to 1000 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm growing epiphyte with almost no stem carrying 4 to 6, erect-spreading, fleshy, linear, obliquely acute, narrowing below into the base leaves that blooms in the winter and summer on an erect, peduncle short, few bracted, rachis elongate to 2.4 to 4.4" [6 to 11 cm] long, longer than the leaves, densely many flowered inflorescence with patent, acuminate, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are greenish white. This species is very similar to P loriae, P polyantha and P myriantha but this does not dry black when preserved, Its leaves and inflorescence are longer and the column is different.


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