Glomera pensilis

Glomera pensilis (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 8 (1912) 13

Basionym: Glossorhyncha pensilis

Epiphyte, pendulous, slender, up to 40 cm long; rhizome very short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stems slender, branched, densely leafy, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves lanceolate-linear or ligulate-linear, apex oblique, narrowly obtuse, at the base cuneate, glabrous, 0.6-1.2 cm long, near or below the middle 0.125-0.18 cm wide; sheaths closely appressed, striate-nervose, apex fimbriate-ciliate with several subulate setae, 0.4-0.6 cm long. Flowers solitary, glabrous. Spathe broadly elliptic, apiculate, cucullate-clasping, smooth. Floral bract hyaline, similar to but smaller than the spathe. Sepals elliptic, obtuse, 0.55 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base somewhat dilated along the front margin. Petals broadly obovate, subfalcate-oblique, 0.7 cm long, base cuneate-subunguiculate, apex retuse; blade of the lip suborbicular, obtusely subapiculate, 0.3 cm long, 0.33 cm wide above the base, spur oblongoid-conical, obtuse, dorsally depressed, about 0.25 cm long. Column short, glabrous, slightly more than half as long as the lip, apex incurved, clinandrium in outline semiorbicular, irregularly crenulate-denticulate. Anther very broadly cucullate, obtusely umbonate, in front ascending, broadly obtuse, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Glossorhyncha pensilis Schltr.)

Colours: Flower white, lip apex with a patch of fine grey-green dots; anther light brown.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1400 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-102M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.