Glomera saccosepala

Glomera saccosepala J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 2 (1911) 5

Type: Kock, de 90 (holo BO)

Epiphyte. Stems strongly branched, terete, internodes up to 1.5 cm long, 0.08 cm diam., branches thinner. Leaves erect, below the apex somewhat constricted, narrowly obtuse, at the base contracted-subpetiolate, above convex with a longitudinal groove, below obtusely convex, transversely rugulose, very sparsely and very minutely furfuraceous-finely punctate, rigid, fleshy, 1.1-3 cm long, 0.23-0.26 cm wide; sheaths surpassing the internodes, tubular, finely longitudinally ribbed, sparsely verruculose and furfuraceous-finely punctate, apex appressed, crisped-fimbriate. Inflorescence 1-flowered. Floral bracts 2, clasping each other and the basal part of the flower, membranous, outer one slightly inflated, tubular, apex (sometimes) split, 3-lobulate, nerves prominent, 0.9 cm long, inner one thinner, tubular at the base only, when flattened ovate, broadly obtuse, 0.75 cm long. Flower 1.45 cm long. Median sepal subelliptic, obtuse, conical-apiculate, at the base 3-nerved, 0.6 cm long, 0.3 cm wide. Lateral sepals obliquely triangular, obtuse, conical-apiculate, at the base 3-, above 7-nerved, at the base extended into a rather large triangular lobe with incurved back margins and which is somewhat shorter than and appressed to, but not clasping, the apex of the spur, free part 0.58 cm long, at the base to the apex of the basal lobule 0.45 cm wide, from the apex to the apex of the lobule 0.78 cm long. Petals oblong, obtuse, convex, 3-nerved, 0.55 cm long, 0.23 cm wide. Lip rather large for the flower, in the basal part adnate to the column, apex recurved, cucullate-concave, indistinctly 3-lobed, long spurred, somewhat fleshy, in total 1.1 cm long, lateral lobes erect, appressed to the column, rounded, mid-lobe broadly triangular, blade when flattened in total 0.27 cm long, 0.73 cm wide; spur rather large, appressed to the ovary, conical-cylindrical, apex slightly recurved, obtuse, dorsally broadly channelled, to apex of ovary 0.9 cm long, in the basal part 0.26 cm diam. Column without anther 0.23 cm long, dorsally convex, clinandrium making an obtuse angle with the basal part, dentate, auricles small, tooth-like. Anther cucullate, transversely subovate, apex somewhat bilobulate, connective at the base slightly conical-raised, 0.16 cm wide. Rostellum broad, truncate, slightly retuse. Stigma obliquely funnel-shaped, margin raised, elongated, somewhat recurved. Column-foot almost absent. Ovary triangular, 3-grooved, 0.95 cm long. (After Smith, 1913)

Colours: Flower white, lip apex red.

Habitat: Epiphyte in upper montane forest in shaded positions. Altitude 3250 m.

Flowering time in the wild: March.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 322-119M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte, keep in shade.