Glomera flaccida

Glomera flaccida (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 8 (1912) 13

Basionym: Glossorhyncha flaccida

Epiphyte, pendulous, up to 50 cm long, flaccid; rhizome very short, roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stems filiform, branched, slender, leafy, thinly terete, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves linear, acute, at the base usually subpetiolate-narrowed, 3-8 cm long, near the middle 0.23-0.28 cm wide; sheaths closely appressed, finely nervose-striate, apical margins densely fimbriate-ciliate with subulate fringe-hairs. Flowers solitary, glabrous. Spathe broadly elliptic, apiculate, cucullate-clasping, smooth. Floral bracts hyaline, similar to but smaller than the spathe. Sepals oblong, obtuse, 0.55 cm long, lateral subapiculate, oblique, median somewhat narrower, at the base somewhat dilated along the front margins. Petals oblong-spathulate, apex subtruncate-broadly obtuse, oblique; somewhat longer than the sepals, towards the base somewhat narrowed. Lip elliptic, obtuse, 0.35 cm long, near the middle 0.25 cm wide, spur quadrate-oblongoid, apex retuse-truncate, dorsally compressed, 0.25 cm long, 0.2 cm wide. Column short, glabrous, less than half as long as the lip, clinandrium 3-lobed, lobes irregularly dentate-crenulate, lateral lobes short, median larger, subquadrate. Anther broadly cucullate, obtusely umbonate, in front ascending, obtuse, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.8 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Glossorhyncha flaccida Schltr.)

Colours: Not recorded, flower probably white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 500-800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-45M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.