Glossorhyncha altomontana

Glossorhyncha altomontana Gilli, Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 84, B (1980 publ. 1983) 33, fig. 23

Type: Gilli 463 (holo W)

Erect, to 15 cm long. Rhizome very short, roots many, closely spaced, filiform, flexuose. Stems partly simple, partly branched, slender, rather densely leafy, entirely covered with leaf-sheaths. Leaves erect-patent, linear-lanceolate, unequally and obtusely bilobulate, wider towards the base and weakly petiolate-narrowed, glabrous, 1-3 by 0.2-0.4 cm; sheaths very tightly clasping, 0.5-1 cm long, somewhat striate, glabrous, apically with several marginal, subulate, about 0.05 cm long setae. Flowers single, glabrous, 1-2 cm long. Sepals ligulate-oblong, rather obtuse, 1 by 0.2 cm Petals 1 cm long, at the base unguiculate-narrowed, obliquely spathulate-elliptic, obtuse, 0.3 cm wide. Lip blade at the base subovate, almost triangular, at apex narrowed, subacute and with straight margins, 0.5 by 0.3 cm; spur short, obtuse. Column short, 0.1 cm long, glabrous, clinandrium with a few teeth, apex truncate. Ovary glabrous, 0.5 cm long. (After Gilli, 1983).

Colours: Flowers white.

Habitat: Probably epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 2950 m.

Flowering time in the wild: February.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea.

Cultivation: Probably cool growing epiphyte.

Note: The genus Glossorhyncha is here considered to be a synonym of Glomera. For the present species a name under Glomera is not yet available; it may be a species already described under a different name.