Glomera conglutinata

Glomera conglutinata J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 2 (1911) 4

Type: Kock, de 55

Stems branched, filiform, terete, leafy, shiny, up to 0.07 cm diam., internodes of the primary stem 1.3 cm long, of the branches up to 0.18 cm long. Leaves small, rather widely patent, curved, subulate, apex slightly contracted, obtuse, at the base long petiolate-contracted, above convex with a longitudinal groove, convex below, fleshy, 0.45-1 cm long (upper leaf below the Inflorescence), 0.07 cm wide; sheaths somewhat surpassing the internodes, tubular, angular, verrucose, apical margin appressed fimbriate. Inflorescence terminal, 1-flowered, with two bracts. Floral bracts clasping the ovary and the spur, the outer one cucullate, at the base tubular, acuminate, apex weakly keeled, nerves dorsally prominent, membranous, 0.55 cm long, inner bract similar but smaller and thinner, subulate-acuminate, 0.38 cm long. Flowers small, thin-textured, 0.95 cm wide, 1.35 cm long. Median sepal erect, oblong, obtuse, subulate-apiculate, concave, 3-nerved, 0.77 cm long, 0.28 cm wide. Lateral sepals almost wholly cohering, above the base free for a short distance and clasping the spur, falcate-oblong, obtuse, long subulate-apiculate, 3-nerved, 0.7 cm long, 0.28 cm wide. Petals obliquely patent, obliquely oblong-subobovate, broadly obtuse, concave, 3-nerved, 0.7 cm long, 0.3 cm wide. Lip slightly surpassing the column and at the base adnate to it, cucullate-concave, indistinctly 3-lobed, spurred, 5-nerved, in total 0.43 cm long, to apex of ovary 0.33 cm long, lateral lobes erect, rounded, concave, mid-lobe very small, semiorbicular, papillose, blade when flattened transversely elliptic, front margin somewhat thickened, papillose, 0.24 cm long, 0.38 cm wide, the part adnate to the column 0.05 cm long; spur short, pointing backwards, conical, obtuse; dorsally concave, to apex of ovary 0.14 cm long. Column to the apex of the rostellum 0.18 cm long, dorsally convex, contracted below the apex, clinandrium dentate, auricles small, tooth-like. Anther cucullate, in outline transversely quadrangular, apex recurved, rounded, in the basal part shortly conical-thickened, at the base retuse. Rostellum slightly surpassing the auricles, bilobed. Stigma funnel-shaped, lower margin strongly elongated. Column-foot almost absent. Ovary slightly sigmoid, 3-grooved, 0.48 cm long. (After Smith, 1913)

Colours: Flower white, lip apex brown.

Habitat: Terrestrial in upper montane forest in exposed positions. Altitude 1100-3000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: February, March, May, September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 322-30M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing terrestrial, keep in light position.