Phreatia listeri Rolfe 1890 Photo by Ron Parsons

Full shade Hot Warm LATEWinter EARLY Spring

Common Name or Meaning Lister's Phreatia - In Australia The Christmas Island Caterpiller Orchid

Flower Size .04 to .06" [1 to 1.5 mm]

Found on Christmas Island in rainforests as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a short stem enveloped completely by leaf bases carrying 4 to 6, fan-like, dark green, linear, flat, blunt leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an axillary, 1.6 to 3.2" [4 to 8 cm] long, thin, many flowered inflorescence carrying non-resupinate flowers

Synonyms Plexaure listeri (Rolfe) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Plexuare listeri photo good