Phreatia plexauroides Rchb.f. 1857

Plant and Inflorescence in situ northern Sumatra Photos by J B Comber and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cool Cold Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Folded Ear Phreatia

Flower Size .01" [2.5 mm]

Found in Sumatra and Java in montane forests at elevations around 1584 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ovate pseudobulbs carrying 2 to rarely 3, narrowly lanceolate leaves that blooms in the spring on a basal, slender, much longer than the leaves; the peduncle 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] long, the rachis 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long, fairly dense, many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, smaller going up floral bracts and carrying wide open, yellowish white flowers.

Synonyms Eria plexauroides (Rchb.f.) Rchb.f. 1857

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Sumatra J B Comber 2001 photo good