Glomera macrophylla

Glomera macrophylla Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 58 (1922) 80

Type: Ledermann 12087 (holo B, lost)

Almost shrub-like, epiphytic, subpendent, scarcely branched. Stems among the most stout in genus, curved, 40-50 by 0.7-0.9 cm, densely leafy, entirely covered with the leaf-sheaths. Leaves erect-patent, narrowly ligulate, 9-13 by 1.8-2.1 cm, unequally and rather obtusely bilobulate, thinly coriaceous. Floral head nodding, sessile, subglobose, 2.5-3 cm across, surrounded by a few shortly acuminate sheaths. Flowers glabrous. Sepals oblong, 0.9 cm long, rather obtuse, lateral sepals oblique, base subsaccate-concave, connate in basal fifth. Petals obliquely oblong-ligulate, obtuse, almost as long as the sepals. Lip at the base short spurred, in total 0.5 cm long, blade elliptic-oblong, 0.38 cm long, obtuse, somewhat carnose; spur semiorbicular, slightly curved upwards, short. Column short, slightly surpassing the basal third of the lip. Ovary cylindrical, sessile, 0.7 cm long, glabrous. (After Schlechter, 1922).

Colours: Flower white, lip sulphur yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte. Altitude 2070 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-83M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.

Note: Should be compared with Glomera palustris J.J.Sm.