Glomera pilifera

Glomera pilifera (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 15 (1908) 28

Basionym: Glossorhyncha pilifera

Roots elongated, glabrous. Stems decumbent to pendulous, branching, terete, slightly compressed towards the apex, to 20 cm long, many-leaved. Leaf sheaths sparsely verrucose, margin with white, patent to erect, bristle-like hairs. Leaves patent to erect-patent, narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate-elliptic, 0.6-1 by 0.2-0.3 cm, subcoriaceous, apex unequally bilobulate. Inflorescences terminal, 1-flowered. Floral bract cucullate, about as long as the ovary, with black dots, sparsely verruculose. Flower c. 0.7 cm across. Dorsal sepal oblong-ligulate, 0.4 cm long, apex acute. Lateral sepals obliquely subfalcate-oblong, widened in front at the base, about as long as the dorsal sepal, apex acute; not cohering. Petals erect-patent, obliquely obovate-spatulate, subfalcate, about as long as but broader than the dorsal sepal, apex obtuse. Lip concave, when flattened broadly rhomboid-ovate, c. 0.2 by 0.2 cm, spurred, obtuse; spur saccate, short, apex obtuse. Column short, clinandrium dorsally dentate, rostellum large, obtuse. Anther orbicular, apex elongated, ascending, obtuse. (After Schlechter, 1905, as Glossorhyncha pilifera Schltr.).

Colours: Flower white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in hill forest. Altitude 600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: April.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-103M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm-intermediate growing epiphyte, keep in shade.