Phreatia tahitensis Lindl. 1858

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

Fragrant Full shade cool Fall

Common Name The Tahiti Phreatia

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in the Caroline Islands [Pohnpei] and the Society Islands [Tahiti] as well as the Philippines [P prorepens] in ridge forests at elevations of 1700 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a repent rhizome giving rise to an erect stem giving rise to 1 to 2, oblong-lanceolate, coriaceous leaves that blooms in the fall on a slender, erect, peduncle provided with scarious, at intervalls, longer below, shorter above, tubular, truncate, apiculate bracts, rachis 1.2" [3 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceolate, scarious floral bracts and carrying white, fragrant flowers

CAUTION! The description above was built upon the description fopr P prorepens.

Synonyms Eria prorepens Rchb.f. 1878; Eria tahitensis (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1876; Phreatia ponapensis Schltr. 1921; Phreatia prorepens Rchb.f. 1878; Pinalia prorepens (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2 Ames 1908 as Phreatia prorepens drawing fide; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 3 Ames 1908 drawing fide