Glomera verrucosissima

Glomera verrucosissima (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 66 (1934) 171

Basionym: Giulianettia verrucosissima

Almost shrub-like, pendent, to more than 70 cm long, branched, many-leaved. Stems and branches thinly terete, entirely-covered with the very tightly clasping, densely finely warty (the wart apices fimbriate) leaf-sheaths with fimbriate apices. Leaves subpatent, oblong or oblong-ligulate, 2-3 by 1-1.5 cm, obtusely and unequally bilobulate, base almost round, glabrous. Spathe obtuse, somewhat hairy. Floral bracts about as long as the ovary, exceeding the spathe by half its length. Flowers single. Sepals recurved, ligulate, 1.6 cm long, obtuse, somewhat carnose. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base along the front margin somewhat dilated. Petals obliquely linear, obtuse, at the base somewhat narrowed, almost as long as the sepals. Lip very broadly rhombic-suborbicular, 0.5 by 0.55 cm, in apical half subcrenulate, apex obtusely weakly lobulate-apiculate; spur narrowly cylindrical, 1.5 cm long, obtuse, as long as and appressed to the ovary. Column short, 0.4 cm long, clinandrium dorsally widened, denticulate, apiculate, foot not conspicuous, passing into the spur. Ovary sessile, narrowly cylindrical, 1.5 cm long, glabrous. (After Schlechter, 1922, as Giulianettia verrucosissima Schltr.).

Colours: Flower pale brown.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1400-1500 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-147M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.