Glomera obtusa

Glomera obtusa Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 283

Type: Schlechter 19695 (holo B, lost)

Epiphytic, erect or patent, branched, up to 40 cm long. Rhizome very short. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous. Stem and branches rigid, densely leafy, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths. Leaves erect-patent, oblong-ligulate, unequally and obtusely, bilobulate, glabrous, thick-coriaceous, 1.8-2.5 cm long, near the middle 0.5-0.7 cm wide; leaf-sheaths truncate, densely verruculose, rugulose. Capitulum nodding, at first covered by sheaths that later wither away, 10-20-flowered. Floral bracts hyaline, apiculate, less than half as long as the ovary. Flowers glabrous. Sepals oblong, obtuse, 0.45 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, connate in basal fourth, minutely apiculate. Petals spathulate-oblong, obtuse, a little shorter than the sepals, oblique. Lip subquadrate, apiculate, at the base in the middle with a small callosity, about 0.2 cm long, 0.15 cm wide, spur quadrate-oblongoid, broadly obtuse, 0.35 cm long, about 0.2 cm wide. Column about half as long as the lip; clinandrium 3-lobulate, median lobule larger than the laterals. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.7 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-94M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.