Glomera calocephala

Glomera calocephala Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 17 (1921) 375

Type: Schlaginghaufen s.n. (1908; Mts. E. of Namatanai, Neu Mecklenburg) (holo B, probably lost)

Epiphytic, erect, slender, 55 cm high Rhizome very short. Roots filiform, flexuose, very shortly and densely hirsute. Stems unbranched, terete, 50 cm long, 0.35-0.4 cm diam., many-leaved, entirely covered with tightly clasping, striate-nervose, sparsely and minutely verruculose-punctate leaf-sheaths. Leaves erect-patent, narrowly lanceolate, acute, relatively thin-textured, 12-14 cm long, below the middle 0.9-1.2 cm wide. Inflorescence sessile, capitate, semiglobose, 3.5 cm diam., surrounded by a few shortly acuminate to apiculate sheaths. Floral bracts thin-textured, elliptic, shorter than the ovary. Flowers glabrous, thin-textured. Sepals oblong, 1 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base somewhat dilated and shortly connate, clasping the spur of the lip, rather obtuse. Petals obliquely ligulate-oblong, obtuse, somewhat dilated in the middle, almost as long as the sepals. Lip very small, blade oblong, rather obtuse, somewhat fleshy, slightly narrowed towards the base, 0.35 by 0.15 cm; spur oblongoid, obtuse, dorsally flattened, near the mouth below the base of the blade slightly ventricose-widened, 0.33 cm long. Column short, slightly incurved, scarcely 0.l5 cm long. Ovary subsessile, glabrous, cylindrical, 0.8 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1921).

Colours: Not recorded, but apparently white or yellow with a bright red lip.

Habitat: Probably epiphytic in montane forest.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-24M.JPG

Cultivation: Probably an intermediate growing epiphyte.