Glomera angiensis

Glomera angiensis J.J.Sm. in L.S.Gibbs, Phytogeogr. Fl. Arfak Mts. (1917) 115

Type: Gibbs 5661 (holo BM)

Stem thin, branched, part seen 10 cm long, internodes 1-0.4 cm long. Leaves patent, lanceolate, narrowed towards the apex, at the apex conduplicate, subacute, at the base contracted into a short petiole, 0.7-1.3 long, to 0.2 cm wide; sheaths tubular, verrucose, apex fimbriate-appressed crisped ciliate. Inflorescence erect, 1-flowered. Spathe tubular, obtuse, membranous, furfuraceous-punctate, with the basal 2/3 enveloping the ovary, when flattened oblong, slightly over 0.9 cm. long, 0.4 cm wide. Floral bract similar to the spathe, apiculate, 0.85 cm long. Flower widely opening, 1.8 cm wide. Median sepal lanceolate, strongly convex, 3-nerved, 0.87 by 0.24 cm, at the apex recurved, obtuse, apiculate. Lateral sepals at the base and in front prolonged into an obliquely triangular, obtuse, concave lobule which is appressed to the spur, widely patent, shortly connate at the base, obliquely lanceolate, 0.9 cm long, including the basal lobule slightly over 1 cm long, 0.25 cm wide, strongly convex, 3-nerved, slightly recurved at the apex, obtuse, apiculate. Petals at the base erect, widely patent, obliquely lanceolate, obtuse, strongly convex, 3-nerved, 0.84 cm long, above the middle 0.26 cm wide. Lip long spurred; blade in the basal half adnate to the column, funnel-shaped-cucullate, 3-lobed, ventricose underneath, distinctly surpassing and enveloping the column, inside in the basal part slightly transversely thickened, above the base 7-nerved, when flattened at the base broadly cuneate, transversely rhombic, 0.44 by 0.58 cm; lateral lobes incurved, with their apices overlapping, rounded triangular; mid-lobe much smaller, somewhat recurved, triangular, obtuse, 0.06 cm long; spur appressed to the ovary, thin, obtuse, slightly over 1 cm long. Column obtusely angled-curved, in basal half adnate to the lip, at the apex obtuse and almost retuse, 0.25 cm long; clinandrium concave, entire. Anther cucullate, ovate-orbicular, almost 0.13 cm wide, at the apex recurved and retuse, connective slightly conical, at the back sulcate. Pollinia 4, 2 obovoid and 2 pear-shaped. Rostellum porrect, semi-orbicular, triangular-notched. Stigma crescent-shaped, with the lower margin strongly elongated and recurved. Ovary 6-grooved, sparsely minutely punctate, including the pedicel clavate, 1.75 cm long. (After Smith, 1917).

Colours: Flower light reddish brown ['terra-cotta'].

Habitat: Epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 2100 m.

Flowering time in the wild: December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 322-17M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.