Glomera acicularis

Glomera acicularis Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 282

Type: Schlechter 18815 (holo B, lost; iso K)

Epiphytic, erect or patent, up to 40 cm long, branched. Stems and branches rather rigid, slightly laterally compressed, leafy, entirely covered by the close-fitting leaf-sheaths. Leaves linear, acute, sharply and rigidly pointed, thick fleshy, at the base shortly petiolate-attenuate, glabrous, 1.5-2 cm long, in the middle 0.2-0.25 cm wide, dorsally keeled; leaf-sheaths truncate at the apex, sparsely verruculose-rugulose, capitulum nodding, several-flowered, at first enveloped by a soon-withering sheath. Floral bracts minute. Flowers glabrous. Sepals elliptic, apiculate, about 0.7 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base connate in basal fourth. Petals at the base cuneate-subunguiculate, suborbicular, broadly obtuse, as long as the sepals, above the middle 0.5 cm wide. Lip suborbicular-quadrate, broadly obtuse, 0.25 cm long and wide, spur broadly obtuse, 0.25 cm long, as wide as the blade of the lip. Column short, less than half as long as the lip; clinandrium 3-lobulate, median lobule large, subdentate, lateral lobules small, unequally bidentate. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, about 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914).

Habitat: Epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 2400 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-6M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.