Glomera glomeroides

Glomera glomeroides (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 8 (1912) 14

Basionym: Glossorhyncha glomeroides

Epiphyte, erect or suberect, small, 15 cm high; rhizome usually very short, roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stems erect or ascending, sometimes rooting at the base, much branched, terete, leafy, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves patent or erect-patent, ligulate or oblong-ligulate, unequally and obtusely bilobulate, glabrous, 1-1.5 cm long, near the middle 0.23-0.28 cm wide; sheaths closely appressed, densely verrucose, sometimes subcarunculate, apical margins truncate, not fimbriate, 0.6-0.8 cm long. Flowers solitary, glabrous. Spathe broadly elliptic, apiculate, cucullate-clasping, veined. Floral bract hyaline, similar to the spathe but somewhat smaller, surpassing the ovary. Sepals ovate, acuminate-apiculate, 0.35 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, towards the base gradually somewhat dilated along the front margins, decurrent. Petals obliquely rhombic-oblong, obtuse, somewhat shorter than the sepals, glabrous; blade of the lip very broadly ovate, obtuse, slightly more than 0.1 cm long, spur broadly oblongoid, broadly obtuse, 0.15 cm long. Column very short, about half as long as the lip, clinandrium 3-lobed, lateral lobes very small, median lobe larger, triangular, obtuse. Anther broadly cucullate, obtusely umbonate, glabrous, in front ascending, broadly obtuse. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.2 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Glossorhyncha glomeroides Schltr.)

Colours: Sepals and petals white, lip bright green with red apex.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-57M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.