Glomera manicata

Glomera manicata J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 39 (1910) 15

Type: Römer, von 1325; 1328 (holo BO)

Stems terete, straight, internodes 0.45 cm long 0.24 cm diam. Leaves patent or widely patent, sometimes recurved, narrowly oblong-ovate, unequally rounded-bilobed, at the base rounded, mid-rib grooved above, not prominent below, above on either side of the mid-rib convex, margin very minutely crenulate-crisped, fleshy, 1.4-2.3 cm long, 0.75-0.8 cm wide; sheaths tubular, surpassing the internodes, covered part smooth, exposed part strongly verrucose, apical margin recurved, fimbriate with subulate, widely patent, 0.2 cm long appendages. Inflorescence terminal, recurved, capitate, dense, many-flowered, surrounded by large, concave, verrucose sheaths, 1.1 cm long. Median sepal ovate-triangular, obtuse, mucronate, strongly concave, 3-nerved, 0.57 cm long, 0.35 cm wide. Lateral sepals obliquely ovate-triangular, mucronate, at the base connate, clasping the spur, with 3 distinct and 2 indistinct nerves, 0.56 cm long. Petals broadly subelliptic, obtuse, at the base somewhat wider, strongly concave, 3-nerved, about 0.5 cm long, 0.3 cm wide. Lip small, spurred, adnate to the base of the column, blade 0.23 cm long, including the spur 0.37 cm long; spur pointing downwards, obliquely elliptic-obovoid, rounded, in front straight, large; blade minute, porrect, saddle-shaped, fleshy, at the base concave and somewhat thicker than the wall of the spur, strongly convex above with reflexed margins, papillose, when flattened transversely elliptic-weakly 5-angled, 0.08 cm long. Column short, in basal half adnate to the lip, 0.18 cm long, auricles bidentate. Rostellum broad, broadly retuse. Ovary 6-grooved, glabrous. (After Smith, 1911)

Colours: Flower white, tip of lip red.

Habitat: Terrestrial in upper montane forest in exposed positions. Altitude 2577-3600 m.

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

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-84M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing terrestrial, keep in light position.

Note: One of the very few species in sect. Glomera with fimbriate margins to the leaf sheaths.