Glomera subulata

Glomera subulata (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 8 (1912) 13

Basionym: Glossorhyncha subulata

Epiphyte, erect, small, 15 cm high; rhizome very short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stems unbranched or sparsely branched, very densely leafy, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves erect-patent or suberect, subulate-linear, narrowly obtuse or subacute, glabrous, thickly carnose, 0.7-1 cm long, 0.1-0.13 cm wide; sheaths closely appressed, striate with several somewhat thickened nerves, apical margins fimbriate-ciliate with rather long setae. Flowers solitary, glabrous. Spathe broadly elliptic, apiculate, cucullate-clasping, smooth. Floral bract hyaline, similar to but somewhat smaller than the spathe. Sepals oblong, subacute or apiculate, 0.6 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base dilated along the front margin, decurrent. Petals obliquely elliptic-spathulate, broadly obtuse, somewhat longer than the median sepal, 0.65 cm long; blade of the lip broadly elliptic, narrowly obtuse, 0.35 cm long, in the middle 0.3 cm wide, spur oblongoid-subquadrate, 0.2 cm long and about as wide, apex broadly obtuse. Column very short, about a third as long as the lip, clinandrium broadly triangular, unequally few-dentate. Anther broadly cucullate, obtusely umbonate, in front ascending, broadly obtuse, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Glossorhyncha subulata Schltr.)

Colours: Flower white, lip apex with a round patch of fine grey-green dots; anther light brown.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1300 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-136M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.