Glomera pungens

Glomera pungens (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 8 (1912) 14

Basionym: Glossorhyncha pungens

Epiphyte, pendulous, up to 20 cm long, very much branched; rhizome very short, roots filiform, elongated, flexuose glabrous; stems strongly branched, filiform, thinly terete, leafy, entirely covered by the closely appressed leaf-sheaths; leaves subulate, hard-pointed, acute, carnose, narrowed at the base, glabrous, 2.5-3.5 cm long, near the middle 0.15-0.25 cm diameter; sheaths shiny, smooth, slightly striate, sparsely punctate, apex obliquely truncate, not fimbriate. Flowers solitary, glabrous. Spathe broadly elliptic, apiculate, cucullate-clasping, sparsely punctate. Floral bract hyaline, similar to the spathe but somewhat smaller. Sepals elliptic, obtuse, minutely apiculate, 0.5 cm long. Lateral sepals at the base dilated along the front margins, decurrent. Petals oblique, broadly elliptic, broadly obtuse, about as long as the sepals. Lip quadrate-oblong, broadly obtuse, 0.3 cm long, 0.2 cm wide, spur quadrate, broadly obtuse, 0.2 cm long and wide. Column short, about half as long as the lip, glabrous, clinandrium triangular, obtuse, sublobulate. Anther broadly cucullate, obtusely umbonate, in front somewhat notched. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Glossorhyncha pungens Schltr.)

Colours: Flower greenish white, lip apex with a black spot.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-112M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.