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Phreatia beiningiana

Phreatia beiningiana

Phreatia beiningiana Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 186

Type: Schlechter 13689 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, very small, erect, stemless or almost so; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Leaves 4-6, erect-patent, linear, obtuse, somewhat narrowed towards the base, glabrous, rather thick, 3-4.5 cm long, near the middle 0.25-0.35 cm wide; sheaths dilated, tightly clasping, c. 0.5 cm long. Inflorescence narrow laxly 15-25-flowered, shorter than the leaves. Floral bracts lanceolate, acuminate, almost as long as the ovary. Flowers erect-patent. Sepals ovate, obtuse, 0.1 cm long. Median sepals with minutely notched apex. Lateral sepals oblique. Petals obliquely oblong, subobtuse, about as long as the sepals. Lip not clawed, oblong-elliptic, obtuse, in the middle rather thick, margins subundulate, c. 1 cm long. Column short, foot short; clinandrium dorsally widened; rostellum short, in the middle shallowly notched. Anther subreniform, in the centre with a large hump, in front emarginate; pollinia 8, obliquely ovoid; stipe narrowly linear, almost as long as the pollinia. Ovary pedicellate, clavate, 0.1 cm long, glabrous.
(After Schlechter, 1905)

Flowers pale yellowish.

Epiphyte in lowland forest; 300 m.

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution map

Warm growing epiphyte.


  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1913) 914
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 319, fig. 1227
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Podochileae
  • Subtribe Thelasiinae
  • Genus Phreatia
  • Section Rhizophyllum
  • Species Phreatia beiningiana

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Phreatia beiningiana

Phreatia beiningiana Schltr., drawing R. Schlechter in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1928) t. 319, fig. 1227