Glomera elegantula

Glomera elegantula (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 15 (1908) 28

Basionym: Glossorhyncha elegantula

Roots elongated, glabrous. Stems decumbent, branching, terete, slender, to 20 cm long, branches rooting, straight or slightly flexuose. Leaf sheaths about as long as the leaf-blades, with raised veins and round warts, margin not ciliate. Leaves patent, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate-ligulate, 0.5-0.8 by 0.15-0.25 cm, coriaceous, apex unequally bilobulate. Inflorescences terminal, 1-flowered, sessile. Floral bract cucullate, hardly longer than the ovary, thin-textured. Flower 0.7 cm across. Dorsal sepal oblong, 0.6 cm long, apex acute. Lateral sepals falcate, 0.4 cm by 3 mm, apex subacuminate; deflexed, slightly coherent along the inner margins. Petals erect-patent, obovate, about as long as the dorsal sepal, apex obtuse. Lip ovate-oblong, 0.25 cm long, spurred, apex narrowly obtuse; spur saccate, 0.25 cm long, obtuse. Column short, clinandrium large, entire; column-foot elongated, deflexed. Anther orbicular, apex ascending, narrowly obtuse. Pollinia obliquely obovoid. (After Schlechter, 1905, as Glossorhyncha elegantula Schltr.).

Colours: Flower white, lip at apex with two purple spots.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1700 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-39M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate-cool growing epiphyte.