Glomera parviflora

Glomera parviflora J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 8 (1912) 12

Basionym: Glossorhyncha subpetiolata

Epiphyte, erect or suberect, 10-15 cm high; rhizome very short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stems strongly branched, somewhat compressed, leafy, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves suberect or erect-patent, lanceolate-linear, apex oblique, narrowly obtuse, base subpetiolate-narrowed, 0.8-1.5 cm long, below the middle 0.2-0.3 cm wide; sheaths closely appressed, striate with a few thickened nerves, apical margin long fimbriate-ciliate, cilia subulate. Flowers solitary, glabrous. Spathe elliptic, convolute, apiculate, with thickened nerves. Floral bract similar, hyaline, shorter than the ovary. Sepals ovate-oblong, obtuse, glabrous. 0.8 cm long. Lateral sepals falcate-oblique, apiculate, at the base distinctly dilated along the front margin. Petals subfalcate, at the base subunguiculate-narrowed, broadly obovate, subretuse, 0.9 cm long. Lip broadly elliptic, obtuse and very shortly acuminate or rather apiculate, 0.3 cm long, 0.2 cm wide in the middle, spur semi-oblong, broadly obtuse, 0.15 cm long and wide. Column short, clinandrium serrulate. Anther subquadrate, dorsally emarginate, in front ascending, obtuse. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Glossorhyncha subpetiolata Schltr.)

Colours: Flower white, lip apex with a patch of fine blackish green dots.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1100 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-99M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.