Phreatia virescens Schltr. 1913 SECTION Bulbophreatia TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Greenish Phreatia [refers to the flower]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands on trees in forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with somewhat distant, globose pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic, obtuse, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, peduncle few bracted, 2 to 3 times longer than the leaf, rachis arcuate, secund, to 2 to 4.2" [5 to 10.5 cm] long, subdensely several to 10 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute, 2 to 3 times as long as the ovary floral bracts.

Schlechter states that the flowers are yellowish green with a white anther with brownish edges.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913 drawing fide; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991 ;