Phreatia minima Schltr. 1913 SECTION Phreatia Photo by Whistler & Cribb 1996

TYPE Drawing

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

Full shade Cool LATEFall EARLYWinter

Common Name The Least Phreatia

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with almost no stem carrying 4, patent, linear, obtuse, attenuate below into the base leaves that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect-spreading, shortly peduncle 1/2 as long as the leaves, .2" [5 mm] long, shortly-capituliform, several flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, longer than the flower floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are greenish white and when Schlechter wrote this he stated that it was the smallest orchid of the genus Phreatia. He also states that the orchid is characterized by the very short, capitate inflorescence and by the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991; Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996 photo fide;