Phreatia urostachya Schltr. 1913 SECTION Phreatia

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

Full shade WarmCool LATESpring LATEFall

Common Name The Tail Shaped Inflorescence Phreatia [refers to the tail-like inflorescence]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea on trees in forests at elevations around 600 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a very short stem carrying 4 to 6, suberect, linear, unequally and obtusely bilobed apically, narrowing below into the base leaves that blooms in the late spring through late fall and early winter on an arcuate to suberect, elongate, tail-like, equal to longer than the leaves, 2 to 3.6" [5 to 9 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, almost equal to the flowers floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are white and the species is easily recognized by the tail like, somewhat longer than the leaves, slim inflorescence


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