Glomera pullei

Glomera pullei J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 13 (1914) 58

Type: Pulle 1025 (holo BO; iso L)

Stems elongated, pendulous, rooting in the basal part, above strongly branched, terete, to 5o cm long, branches erect-patent, at the apex curved upwards, internodes to 1.8 cm long, those of the branches 0.6-0.8 cm long. Leaves erect-patent, lanceolate, obliquely obtuse, at the apex very shortly obtusely conical, base very shortly petiolate-, in the highest leaf long petiolate-contracted, thickly carnose, above on either side of the longitudinal groove convex and transversely subrugulose, underneath convex, 0.66-1.5 by 0.23-0.3; sheaths tubular, distinctly prominently longitudinally finely ribbed, indistinctly finely warty, at the apex opposite the blade extended in a lobule, margin densely appressed setose-ciliate. Inflorescence 1-flowered. Spathe narrowly tubular, clasping the ovary and the spur, longer than the ovary, broadly obtuse, prominently 5-nerved, in front finely warty, membranous, 0.8 cm long. Floral bract shorter, rounded, minutely apiculate, 1-nerved, 0.56 cm long. Flower slightly over 1.1 cm long. Median sepal elliptic-oblong, broadly obtuse, apiculate, 3-nerved at the base, 0.8 cm by 0.4 cm. Lateral sepals obliquely oblong, slightly falcate, 0.8 cm long, along the front margin 0.95 cm long, 0.38 cm wide, broadly obtuse, long apiculate, in the basal part slightly narrowed, at the base 3-, above the base 5-nerved, base very shortly connate, rounded, concave, appressed to the spur. Petals obliquely obovate-oblong, at the base shortly spathulate-contracted, at the apex rounded and weakly conduplicate, margin with prominent cells, 3-nerved, 0.8 by 0.4 cm. Lip at the base adnate to the column, cucullate, much longer than the column, blade making an obtuse angle with the spur, in total 0.7 cm long, when flattened 0.38 cm long, free part in outline broadly ovate-triangular, indistinctly 3-lobulate, obtuse, at the base on either side rounded, inside in the basal part rounded-thickened (when flattened), underneath slightly longitudinally grooved, inside papillose, c. 7-nerved, 0.25 by 0.38 cm; spur pointing backwards, appressed to the ovary, oblong, slightly dorsally compressed, obtuse, 0.3 cm long. Column adnate to the base of the lip, curved, dorsally convex and in the basal part of the clinandrium slightly constricted, at the apex broadly obtuse, 0.17 cm long, clinandrium deeply concave, with wavy margins; auricles prolonged in a subulate tooth that is shorter than the apex of the column. Anther cucullate, almost 0.1 cm wide, at the apex obtuse, abruptly recurved, obtusely 2-lobulate, at the base bilobulate, the connective in the middle transversely obtusely triangular-thickened umbonate, the umbo at the back longitudinally channelled, in front of the umbo and between the convex thecae strongly concave, membranous. Pollinia 4, obliquely cuneate-triangular or pear-shaped, obtuse or subtruncate, outside convex, inside flat with a longitudinal groove, 0.05 cm long. Rostellum rather large, porrect, divided into two broad, obliquely quadrangular lobes, together with the stigma 2-lipped. Stigma with the lower margin extended, recurved and rounded. Ovary subcylindrical, 3-grooved, not punctate, 0.68 cm long. (After Smith, 1915).

Colours: Flower white with a small black streak on the lip apex.

Habitat: Epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 2900-3300 m.

Flowering time in the wild: February, October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 322-110M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.