!Phreatia elegans Lindl. 1830 SECTION Phreatia photo by The Wilhelm Hennis Orchideen Website

Inflorescence photo by Thjomas Dohling and his Webshots Orchid Photo Website

Deep Shadecool Cold LATE Summer

Common Name The Elegant Phreatia

Flower Size .08" [2mm]

Found in India, Bhuatan, Sri Lanka, Assam and the eastern Himalayas at elevations around 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a stout, more or less pseudobulbous stem carrying 1 to 3, linear-oblong to oblanceolate, obtuse to retuse, disitichous, narrowing below inot the sessile base leaves that blooms in the late summer on an erect to arching, glabrous, lateral, 4 to 6.8" [10 to 17 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with distant, lanceolate, acute bracts and ovate-oblong to obovate-oblong, acuminate, single veined floral bracts.

Synonyms Eria elegans (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1868; Thelasis elegans (Lindl.) Blume 1856

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing ok; Die Orchideen #6 21-24 tafel 7 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo ok; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing good; Orchids of India A Glimpse Misra 2007 drawing good; A Century of New Orchid Records in Bhutan Royal Government of Bhutan 2017 Drawing/photo fide;