Glomera uniflora

Glomera uniflora J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 19 (1908) 25

Type: Versteeg 1293; 1359; 1446 (syn BO 2x; isosyn L); 1512 (syn BO)

Stems close together, branched, compressed, in cross section elliptic, 6-30 cm long, internodes 0.3-1.3 cm long. Leaves small, patent, at the base half-twisted, lanceolate or linear lanceolate, unequally bidentate, at the base shortly narrowed, above on either side of the central groove longitudinally convex, thick coriaceous, 1.25-3.3 cm long, 0.35-0.5 cm wide; sheaths tubular, in cross section elliptic, longitudinally ribbed-veined, verrucose, apex lacerate-fimbriate, more or less surpassing the internodes. Inflorescence terminal, very short, subsessile, 1-flowered. Floral bracts 2, exterior one rather large, clasping the ovary and usually the basal part of the flower, cucullate, acuminate, outside verrucose or muricate, thin membranous, when flattened almost round, 0.45-0.5 cm long, interior bract smaller, tightly clasping the ovary. Flower small, 0.55- 0.7 cm wide. Median sepal oblong-ovate, narrowly obtuse or somewhat acute, apiculate, at the base 3-nerved, 0.45-0.5 cm long, 0.23-0.24 cm wide. Lateral sepals at the base obliquely dilated, clasping the spur except its apex, front margin free or slightly cohering because of the bracts, obliquely ovate-triangular, narrowly obtuse, apiculate, at the base 3-nerved, 0.4- 0.5 cm long, at the base 0.25-0.35 cm wide. Petals obovate, obtuse, at the base 3-nerved, 0.43-0.48 cm long, 0.25 cm wide. Lip at the base adnate to the basal part of the column, entire, spurred, in total 0.47-0.55 cm long, spur parallel to the ovary, slightly curved, subcylindrical, dorsally compressed, obtuse or subtruncate, 0.28-0.3 cm long; blade porrect, concave, ovate-half round, obtusely apiculate, inside thickened and papillose, 0.16-0.26 cm long, 0.25-0.34 cm wide. Column short, somewhat curved, 0.16-0.17 cm long, clinandrium large, dentate, auricles incurved tooth-like. Anther cucullate, subovate-orbicular, apex obtusely thickened, recurved. Pollinia 4, pyriform. Rostellum large, semi-orbicular, margin notched. Stigma transversely sickle-shaped, lower margin strongly produces, rounded, similar to the rostellum. Ovary 6-grooved, 0.35-0.4 cm long. (After Smith, 1909)

Colours: Flower white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in lowland forest. Altitude 0-300 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May, June, July, September, October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 322-145M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm growing epiphyte.

Note: Probably a synonym of Glomera squamulosa (Schltr.) J.J.Sm.