Phreatia platychila (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1905 SECTION Phreatia

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

Full shade Hot EARLYSummer EARLYWinter

Common Name The Wide Lip Phreatia

Flower Size *Thelasis platychila Kraenzl. 1900

Found in the New Guinea on trees in forests at elevations around 130 to 400 meters as a hot growing epiphyte that blooms in the early summer through early winter.

Schlechter states that the flowers are white and the leaves of this species and P gracilis are not blue green like P imitans and P scaphioglossa. This one differs however in the flower morphology. This orchid has a somewhat restrained lip claw at the base of the disc.


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