Glomera macrantha

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

Basionym: Glomera grandiflora

Epiphyte, patent, up to 54 cm long, sparsely branched; stems terete, often superposed, thinly terete, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths, leafy; leaves erect-patent, narrowly lanceolate, apex subacute, strongly oblique, at the base cuneate, glabrous, thick; 5-8 cm long, below the middle 0.7-1.2 cm wide; sheaths closely appressed, at apex produced into a short obtuse lobe, opposite the leaf, densely rugulose-verruculose, up to 3.5 cm long; capitulum terminal, semiglobose, 3-3.4 cm diameter; sheaths broad, apiculate covered, densely many-flowered; bracts hyaline, very small. Flowers glabrous. Sepals oblong, obtuse, 1.2 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, up to apical fourth connate, at the base saccate-concave. Petals obliquely ligulate-oblong, obtuse, somewhat shorter than the sepals. Lip broadly obovate, broadly obtuse, 0.4 cm long, above the middle 0.3 cm wide, spur cylindrical-oblongoid, broadly obtuse, about as long as the blade of the lip, 0.2 cm wide. Column short, about a third as long as the lip, clinandrium 3-lobulate. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.45 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Glomera grandiflora Schltr.)

Colours: Flower white, lip apex vermillion.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 800-2000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, July, September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-82M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate to cool growing epiphyte.