The title compound crystallises in the monoclinic space group, Cc, Z = 4, with a = 12.370(1), b = 19.447(1), c = 7.786(1) Å, β = 90.82(1)°.
The structure was solved by direct methods and refined to R = 0.070 for 2163 independent reflections.
Trigonal-bipyramidal geometry is observed at phosphorus with the ring oxygens occupying the axial sites. The plane of the phenyl substituent makes a dihedral angle of 20.2° with the equatorial plane. The molecules are linked into infinite chains in the  plane through (CH2)O ••• H—O(CH2) hydrogen bonds of length 2.77 A.
Cyclophane and linear phane systems are considered as parent hydrides. Their derivatives are named in conformity with the principles, rules, and conventions prescribed for naming organic compounds. The following nomenclatural features are described: indicated and added hydrogen, order of seniority for numbering, substituents expressed as suffixes, substituents cited as prefixes, phane parent hydrides modified by addition or subtraction of hydrogen atoms, and polyfunctional derivatives.