Glomera imitans

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

Basionym: Glossorhyncha imitans

Epiphyte, small, depressed or erect-patent, 5-10 cm long; rhizome very short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stems branched, slender, thinly terete, leafy, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves patent, ligulate, apex oblique, obtusely apiculate, 0.35-0.65 cm long, near the middle 0.13-0.18 cm wide; sheaths closely appressed ribbed-nervose, ribs sparsely verruculose, apical margin fimbriate-ciliate with few setae, 0.2-0.3 cm long. Flowers solitary, glabrous. Spathe broadly elliptic, apiculate, smooth, cucullate-clasping. Floral bract hyaline, similar to but a little smaller than the spathe. Sepals oblong, acute, glabrous. Median sepal 0.55 cm long. Lateral sepals falcate, somewhat shorter than the median sepal, in front somewhat cohering along the margins, at the base somewhat dilated along the front margins. Petals obliquely ligulate, obtuse, about as long as the median sepal, but somewhat narrower; blade of the lip suborbicular, shortly apiculate, 0.3 cm long and wide, spur cylindrical, obtuse, 0.2 cm long, 0.1 cm diameter. Column very short, glabrous, about one third as long as the lip, clinandrium broadly triangular, apiculate, irregularly denticulate. Anther broadly cucullate, obtusely umbonate, in front ascending, broadly obtuse, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Glossorhyncha imitans Schltr.)

Colours: Flower white, lip apex with two patches of fine grey-green dots.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-66M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.