Glomera grandiflora

Glomera grandiflora J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 39 (1910) 14

Type: Römer, von 1292 (syn BO); Nouhuys, van s.n. (October-November 1909) (syn BO)

Stems slender, somewhat compressed, internodes 1.1-1.3 cm long. Leaves linear-lanceolate, towards the apex gradually narrowed, at the base shortly cuneate-contracted, above on either side of the longitudinal groove convex, sparsely blackish punctate, fleshy, 4-4.7 cm long, 0.44-0.66 cm wide, apex strongly unequally bidentate, the shorter tooth triangular, acute, the longer tooth truncate; sheath tubular, verrucose, margin whitish lacerate-fimbriate (when dried). Inflorescence terminal, short, 1-flowered. Floral bracts 2, large, convolute, clasping each other and the spur, oblong, obtuse, verrucose, membranous, when flattened 2.15-1.85 cm long, 0.9-1 cm wide. Flower large. Median sepal linear, in the basal part slightly dilated, long acute, conical-apiculate, convex, 7-9-nerved, 3.2 cm long, 0.5 cm wide. Lateral sepals at the base obliquely dilated shortly connate, clasping the spur, [apex missing in the type specimen], strongly convex, 7-8-nerved, in the middle 0.46 cm, at the base 0.5 cm wide. Petals linear, obtuse, strongly convex, 7-nerved, 2.7 cm long, 0.47 cm wide. Lip at the base adnate to the column, very long spurred; spur appressed to the ovary, enveloped by the bracts, dorsally compressed, linear, obtuse, 2.4 cm long, 0.14-0.18 cm wide; blade in the basal part shortly adnate to the column, concave, apex recurved, obtuse, apical margin thickened, somewhat fleshy, 5-nerved, when flattened rhombic, in total 0.67 cm long, 0.6 cm wide. Column 0.48 cm long, basal half adnate to the lip; clinandrium large, somewhat wavy-crenate. Rostellum semiorbicular, bidentate. Stigma transverse, lower margin elongated recurved semiorbicular, equalling the rostellum. Ovary elongated, gradually thickened towards the apex, 6-grooved, 2.4 cm long. (After Smith, 1911)

Colours: Flower brownish pink, or salmon to dark orange, lip apex black.

Habitat: Terrestrial in upper montane forest in exposed positions. Altitude 2577-3260 m.

Flowering time in the wild: March, July, October, December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 322-61M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing terrestrial, keep in light position.