Phreatia macra Schltr. 1913 SECTION Caulophreatia Specimen at and The The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

TYPE Drawing

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

Part Shade Warm Cold LATE Winter EARLYspring

Common Name The Large Phreatia [refers to the plant mass?]

Flower Size .05" [1.25 mm]

Found in New Guinea in montane forests and subalpine shrubberies at elevations of 700 to 3385 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with an erect stem densely envelopd by roots and above leaf bases carrying densely conferted, suberect, coriaceous, glabrous, linear-spathulate, unequally and obliquely bilobed apically, grooved above, prominent midrib beneath, subrevolute margined leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a glabrous, erect, 3.4 to 6" [8.5 to 15 cm] long, 22 to 28 flowered inflorescence with the peduncle enveloped completely by tubular, glabrous, narrowly ovate bracts and with glabrous, narrowly ovate, boat-shaped, acute to acuminate floral bracts.

Schlechter states that this species is the slimest in the section and has the narrowest leaves


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of the High Mountains of New Guinea Van Royen 1979 drawing ok;