Phreatia myriantha Schltr. 1913 SECTION Phreatia

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

Full shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Many Flowered Phreatia

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with almost no stem carrying erect to suberect, fleshy, linear, acute, carinate beneath, narrowing below into the base leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, peduncle 1.6 to 2.4" , few, large bracted, rachis elongate to 1 to 3.4" [2.5 to 8.5 cm] long, much longer than the leaves, densely many flowered inflorescence with acuminate, equal to the flowers floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are greenish white. He also states that this species dries black when preserved. This species is very similar to P kaniensis, P loriae, P vaginata and P polyantha but this one dries black when preserved, has a conspicuously many more flowered inflorescence which extends beyond the leaves.


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