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Phreatia bigibbosa

Phreatia bigibbosa

Phreatia bigibbosa J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 19 (1908) 31

Type: Versteeg 1660a (holo BO)

Stem very short, c. 5-leaved. Leaves patent, oblong or lanceolate, at the apex unequally acutely bidentate, with a subulate mucro, at the base narrowed and conduplicate, along the midrib grooved above, keeled below, 1-2.2 by 0.3-0.75 cm; sheaths clasping, broad, short, with recurved margins, 0.2-0.4 cm long. Inflorescences axillary, laxly many-flowered, much longer than the leaves; peduncle thin, 2.2-4 cm long, peduncle-scales distant, ovate, at the base tubular, acuminate, with recurved margins, 0.25-0.5 cm long; rachis angular, 1-3.7 cm long. Bracts triangular, acute, concave, erose, 1-nerved, to 0.16 cm long. Flowers small. Median sepal ovate, apiculate, 1-nerved, 0.13 by 0.08 cm. Lateral sepals parallel, obliquely ovate-triangular, shortly acuminate, tip acute, concave, 1-nerved, 0.13 cm long and wide; mentum shortly saccate, broadly rounded, 0.06 cm long. Petals obliquely subelliptic, obtuse, at the base cuneate, 1-nerved, 0.08 by 0.05 cm. Lip clawed, concave, 3-nerved, when spread 0.13 cm long; claw at the base almost semiorbicular constricted above, concave, inside with two rather large calli; blade much broader than the claw, broadly triangular, obtuse, at the base subreniform, concave, papillose, not puberulous, 0.07 by 0.1 cm, the basal lobule somewhat directed backwards, rounded-truncate. Column short, narrowed at the base, 0.06 cm long; clinandrium concave; rostellum short, 2-dentate; stigma transverse; column-foot pointing backwards, apex incurved, 0.07 cm long. Anther subreniform. Ovary pedicellate, clavate, 0.17-0.2 cm long.
(After Smith, 1909)

Not recorded.

Epiphyte in lower montane forest; 40 to 900 m.

Malesia (New Guinea).

Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution map

Intermediate growing epiphyte.

January, August, October, November, December.

  • Smith, J.J., Nova Guinea 8, 1 (1909) 105, t. 35, fig. 117
  • O'Byrne, P., Lowland Orchid. Papua New Guinea (1994) 150, fig.
  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Podochileae
  • Subtribe Thelasiinae
  • Genus Phreatia
  • Section Rhizophyllum
  • Species Phreatia bigibbosa

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Phreatia bigibbosa

Phreatia bigibbosa J.J.Sm., floral analysis, drawing J.J. Smith, from Versteeg 1660A

Phreatia bigibbosa

Phreatia bigibbosa J.J.Sm., flower, drawing J.J. Smith, from Versteeg 1660A

Phreatia bigibbosa

Phreatia bigibbosa J.J.Sm., herbarium sheet, Versteeg 1660 a (holotype specimen BO)