Phreatia micrantha (A.Rich.) Lindl. 1859 SECTION Phreatia

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Photo by André Schuiteman, courtesy of Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulenand Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

Part shadeHotTo WarmSpringTo EARLYSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Small Flowered Phreatia - In Australia The Native fan Orchid

Flower Size .08 to .1" [2 to 2.5 mm]

Found in the Bismark Islands, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Queensland, Fiji, Niue, New Caledonia, Samoa, Santa Cruz Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna and the northern Mariana Islands in coastal and montane forests at elevations of sealevel to 1030 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a very short stem carrying 5 to 10, arranged in a fan, ligulate, unequally obtusely bilobed apically, articulate below into the conduplicate, imbricate leaf base leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an axillary, 5 to 13" [12.5 to 31 cm] long, cylindrical, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with tiny flowers.

Synonyms Eria richardiana Rchb.f. 1868; Eria sphaerocarpa Rchb.f. 1868; *Oberonia micrantha A.Rich. 1833; Oberonia papuana F.M.Bailey 1900; Phreatia clivicola W.Kittr. 1984 publ. 1985; Phreatia collina Schltr. 1913; Phreatia graeffei Kraenzl. 1911; Phreatia macrophylla Schltr. 1906; Phreatia macrophylloides Kraenzl. 1929; Phreatia richardiana (Rchb.f.) Kraenzl. 1911; Phreatia robusta R.S.Rogers 1930; Phreatia samoensis (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1907; Phreatia sarcothece Schltr. 1911; Rhipidorchis micrantha (A.Rich.) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 2004; Rhynchophreatia micrantha (A.Rich.) N.Hallé, 1977; Thelasis samoensis Kraenzl. 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaeceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913[1985]; Orchidaeceae of German New Guinea Schlechter 1913[1985] as P collina drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Flore de la Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependences Vol 8 Orchidaceae Halle 1977 as Rhynchophreatia micrantha drawing fide; The Orchids of Papua New Guinea An Introduction Millar 1978 as Phreatia robusta photo ok; Orchids of Vanuatu Lewis & Cribb 1989; The Orchids of the Solomon Islands and Bougainville Lewis & Cribb 1991; Ferns and Orchids of the Mariana Islands Raulerson & Rinehart 1992 as Rhynchphreatia micrantha photo fide; Native Orchids of New Caledonia Societe' Neo-Caledonienne D' Orchidophile 1995 as Rhynochophreatia micrantha PHOTO FIDE; The Orchids of Samoa Cribb & Whistler 1996 photo fide; Orchids of Papua New Guinea Millar 1999 as Rhynchophreatia micrantha photo fide; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 as Rhipidorchis micrantha photo fide; Flora Malesiana: Orchids of New Guinea Vol 5 Schuiteman & D de Vogel 2008