Glomera scandens

Glomera scandens J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 2 (1911) 6

Type: Kock, de 188 (not L)

Stems elongated, strongly branched, subterete, leafy, 0.15 cm diam., branches widely patent, thinner, internodes 0.3-3 cm long. Leaves widely patent, sessile, half-twisted at the base, narrowly ovate-lanceolate, narrowed towards the apex, strongly unequally bidentate, the longer tooth truncate, midrib grooved above, papyraceous, 0.7-1.75 cm long, 0.23-0.38 cm wide; sheaths surpassing the internodes, tubular, verrucose, apical margin sparsely appressed fimbriate. Inflorescence nodding, 1-flowered, with two bracts. Floral bracts cucullate, tubular at the base, clasping each other and the ovary, apiculate, furfuraceous, verruculose-punctate, membranous, outer bract 0.9 cm long, inner one 0.7 cm long. Flowers small, 1.1 cm wide. Median sepal oblong-ovate, obtuse, subulate-apiculate, convex, at the base 3-nerved, 0.73 cm long, 0.3 cm wide. Lateral sepals at the base shortly connate and extended into an obliquely orbicular-triangular concave lobule which is appressed to, much shorter than, and not clasping the spur, blade obliquely ovate-triangular, obtuse, subulate-apiculate, convex, at the base 3-, above the base 5-nerved, 0.66 cm long, at the base including the lobule 0.4 cm wide, above the base 0.37 cm wide. Petals somewhat obliquely oblong, obtuse, retuse, convex, 3-nerved, 0.6 cm long, about 0.2 cm wide. Lip not surpassing the column, in the basal part adnate to it, cucullate-concave, apex recurved with incurved apiculum, sometimes (split?) 3-lobed, long spurred, in total 0.7-0.73 cm long, blade when flattened transversely oblong, obtusely apiculate, apex papillose, 7-nerved, 0.18-0.23 cm long, 0.58-0.63 cm wide; spur appressed to the ovary, short, in the basal part cylindrical, in front below the apex ventricose-inflated, apex bilobulate, dorsally broadly longitudinally grooved, to apex of ovary 0.6 cm long. Column without anther 0.17 cm long, dorsally convex, clinandrium dentate, auricles triangular, denticulate. Rostellum subtruncate, slightly longer than the auricles. Stigma obliquely funnel-shaped, lower margin elongated and strongly recurved, forming a quadrangular with the rostellum. Ovary 6-grooved, 3 grooves conspicuous, 3 inconspicuous, 0.85 cm long. Fruit (mature?) sessile, globose, 3-grooved, 0.53 cm long. (After Smith, 1913)

Colours: Flower white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest in shaded positions. Altitude 1500 m.

Flowering time in the wild: April.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 322-123M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte, keep in shade.