Glomera versteegii

Glomera versteegii J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 13 (1914) 59

Type: Pulle (Versteeg) 2428 (syn L); (Versteeg) 2441 (syn BO; isosyn L)

Stems elongated, strongly branched, part seen 42 cm long, branches patent, internodes to 2.3 cm long, on the branches 0.4-0.5 cm long. Leaves patent, linear-lanceolate, narrowed towards the apex, strongly obliquely obtuse, base cuneate, 1.4-1.75 by 0.27-0.28 cm; sheaths tubular, strongly warty all over, at the apex appressed setose-ciliate. Inflorescence 1-flowered. Spathe cucullate, much shorter than the ovary, probably torn open, when flattened rounded-quadrangular, shortly acutely acuminate, dorsally sparsely finely warty, 1-nerved, 0.8 by 0.6 cm wide. Floral bract probably torn open, when flattened ovate-elliptic, obtuse, in the apical part slightly finely warty, 1-nerved, 0.8 by 0.6 cm. Flower when spread 1.7 cm wide. Median sepal elliptic-ovate, obtuse, shortly obtusely apiculate, 3-nerved, 0.93 by 0.43 cm. Lateral sepals obliquely ovate, slightly falcate, obtuse, shortly obtusely apiculate, at base shortly connate, angular-dilated along the front margin at the base, 3-nerved, 0.85-0.9 by 0.57 cm. Petals lanceolate, obtuse, convex, 3-nerved, 0.93 0.25 cm. Lip broadly cucullate, at the base adnate to the column, when flattened broadly triangular, at the apex obtusely angled, at the base truncate, basal angles rounded, papillose, in the basal part thickened, c. 9-nerved, 0.46 cm long, including the spur almost 1.25 cm long, 0.8 cm wide; spur appressed to the ovary, oblong, above in front ventricose, obtuse, 0.77 cm long. Column short, in basal half adnate to the lip, dorsally convex, at the apex broadly rounded and crenate, 0.23 cm long; auricles obtuse, tooth-like. Rostellum broadly rounded. Ovary almost 1 cm long. (After Smith, 1915).

Colours: Flower greenish white or yellowish green.

Habitat: Epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 1575-3400 m.

Flowering time in the wild: February, September, October.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-149M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.