Glomera nana

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

Basionym: Glossorhyncha nana

Epiphyte, very small, erect or suberect, up to 7 cm high, branched at the base; rhizome very short, roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stems branched, thinly terete; densely leafy, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves erect-patent, elliptic or lanceolate-elliptic, obtuse, at the base cuneate, 0.3-0.4 cm long, near the middle 0.15-0.2 cm wide; sheaths closely appressed, nervose-striate, 0.15-0.2 cm long, apical margins fimbriate-ciliate with many erect-patent setae which are as long as the leaves. Flowers solitary, glabrous. Spathe broadly elliptic, apiculate, smooth, cucullate-clasping. Floral bract hyaline, similar to but smaller than the spathe. Sepals oblong, apiculate, about 0.35 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base distinctly dilated along the front margins, decurrent. Petals obliquely ligulate-oblong, obtuse, towards the base gradually somewhat narrowed, slightly longer than the sepals. Lip broadly elliptic, minutely apiculate, concave, about 0.23 cm long, spur oblongoid, obtuse 0.13 cm long. Column short, glabrous, less than half as long as the lip; clinandrium semiorbicular, subcrenulate. Anther broadly cucullate, obtusely umbonate, in front ascending, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Glossorhyncha nana Schltr.)

Colours: Flower white; anther light brown.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 900 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-90M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.