Glomera sepalosiphon

Glomera sepalosiphon Schuit. & de Vogel, Blumea 38 (2003) 511

Basionym: Sepalosiphon papuanum

Epiphytic, erect, branched; rhizome very short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stems and branches leafy, thinly terete, somewhat compressed, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves patent, oblong or oblong-elliptic, apex minutely and unequally bilobulate, thick coriaceous, 0.8-1.3 cm long, near the middle 0.3-0.5 cm wide; sheaths closely appressed, up to 0.8 cm long, densely covered with very small warts, apical margins fimbriate-ciliate with several small setae. Flowers solitary at the apices of the branches, glabrous. Spathe elliptic, apiculate, cucullate-clasping, outside very minutely verruculose. Floral bract hyaline, similar to but smaller than the spathe. Sepals linear-ligulate, 1.7 cm long. Median sepal obtuse. Lateral sepals oblique, narrowly obtusely acuminate, at the base extended and connate along the front margins, together with the column-foot and the claw of the lip forming a filiform, subacute, 1.7 cm long spur. Petals obliquely linear, narrowly obtuse, glabrous; about as long as the sepals; blade of the lip broadly rhombic, weakly 3-lobulate, 0.6 cm long and wide, obtuse, in the middle with indistinct, curved keels, spur filiform, 1.8 cm long, entirely connate with the sepals. Column short, glabrous, clinandrium well developed, column-foot extended, rostellum erect, bilobulate. Anther subquadrate-cucullate, glabrous, dorsally with two obtuse swellings, in front broadly obtuse, ascending; pollinia obliquely obovoid, viscidium single. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, somewhat longer than the spur. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Sepalosiphon papuanum Schltr.)

Colours: Flower olive-green.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1100 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-156M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.