Phreatia laxa Schltr. 1905 SECTION Bulbophreatia Photo by © Dr. E.F. de Vogel, and André Schuiteman and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

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

Full shade Warm Cold Fall Winter

Common Name The Lax Phreatia [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size

Found in New Guinea in primary lower montane forests at elevations of 800 to 3100 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with subglobose pseudobulbs enveloped by 1 to 2 leaf-like sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, apical, erect, linear, obtuse leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on an erect to erect-patent, curved, secund, 2" [5 cm] long, laxly 15 to 25 flowered racemose inflorescence.

Synonyms Phreatia laxa var. perlaxa Schltr. 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/85 drawing fide; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913/85 as Phreatia laxa var. perlaxa; Flora Malesia Orchids of New Guinea Vol V Shuiteman and de Vogel 2008