Phreatia subcrenulata Schltr. 1913 SECTION Bulbophreatia

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

Full shade Cool LATE Fall EARLYWinter

Common Name The Crenulate Phreatia [refers to the lip apex]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in forests at elevations around 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with small, close set, broadly ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 2, apical, erect, oblong-ligulate, unequally bilobed apically, narrowing below into the base leaves that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect, peduncle thin, few bracted, somewhat shorter than the leaves, rachis thin, secund, arcuate, longer than the leaves to .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, sublaxly 15 to 25 flowered inflorescence.

Schlechter states that the flowers are white and it is distinguished by its almost crenulate lip.


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