Glomera salmonea

Glomera salmonea J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 13 (1914) 60

Type: Pulle 894 (holo BO; iso L 2x)

Stems elongated, rooting at the base, terete, strongly branched in upper part, sheathing, to c. 1 m long, in the basal part to 0.33 cm diam., in the upper part thin, lower internodes 1.9-2.8 cm long, upper ones 0.3-0.4 cm long. Leaves very small, distichous, patent, half-twisted at the base, lanceolate, narrowed towards the apex, strongly unequally obtuse or obtuse, weakly bidentate, very shortly contracted at the base, convex below, above on either side of the longitudinal groove convex, rigidly carnose, 0.7-2 by 0.23-0.4 cm; sheaths tubular, as long as the internodes, strongly warty, at the apex appressed setose-ciliate. Inflorescence terminal, 1-flowered, usually erect. Spathe and floral bract a little shorter than the ovary. Spathe clasping the ovary and the spur, rather tightly tubular, subacute, apiculate, nerves outside prominent, mid-rib in apical part keeled, finely warty, furfuraceous, membranous, when cut and flattened subovate, 0.9 cm long. Floral bract clasping the ovary, tubular at the base, oblong, obtuse, slightly apiculate, 1-nerved, thin-textured, 0.93 by 0.43 cm. Flower widely opening, 1.8 cm wide, 1.9 cm long. Median sepal erect, margins strongly revolute, convex, lanceolate-linear, narrowed towards the apex, subacute, subulate-apiculate, 5-nerved, 1.2 by 0.25 cm. Lateral sepals deflexed, slightly falcate, margins strongly revolute, convex, obliquely lanceolate-linear, gradually narrowed towards the apex, subacute, subulate-apiculate, at the base obliquely rounded-auriculate-dilated, concave, clasping the base of the spur, 5-nerved, almost 1.1 cm long, along the front margin 1.27 cm long, above the base 0.26 cm wide, at the base 0.9 cm wide. Petals with strongly recurved margins, almost tubular, sublanceolate-linear, at the apex narrowed, obtuse, at the base 3-nerved, almost 1.1 cm long, 0.2 cm wide. Lip at the base adnate to the column, strongly concave, clasping the apex of the column, together with the column obliquely cup-shaped, at the apex slightly recurved and convex, in the middle especially towards the base carnose-thickened, when flattened transversely rhombic, weakly 3-lobed, 7-nerved, 0.38 by 0.45 cm wide, free part 0.25 cm long; lateral lobes triangular, obtuse; mid-lobe broadly triangular, obtuse; spur appressed to the ovary, thinly subcylindrical, above in front slightly clavate-inflated, obtuse, dorsally channelled, 0.95 cm long. Column slightly curved, in basal half adnate to the lip, in the middle constricted underneath, 0.25 cm long, at the apex prolonged; clinandrium rather large, concave, with coarsely crenate margins. Anther cucullate, transversely elliptic, 0.13 cm wide, at the apex with a short, obtuse, strongly recurved, almost retuse beak, connective at the base conical-thickened. Pollinia 4, obliquely pear-shaped, inside flat, outside convex. Rostellum porrect, in outline semi-orbicular, bidentate, together with the distinctly raised margin of the stigma obliquely cup-shaped. Ovary not twisted, at the apex scarcely incurved, 6-grooved, 1.1 cm long. (After Smith, 1915).

Colours: Flower salmon-coloured, lip apex black.

Habitat: Epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 1800-2600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-121M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.