Glossorhyncha monticuprina

Glossorhyncha monticuprina P.Royen, Alp. Fl. New Guinea 2 (1979) 599, fig. 209

Type: ANU (Hope) 16049 (holo CANB; iso L)

Erect, in apical part much branched, epiphytic, up to 40 cm high herb, with the branches overhanging. Stems slender, glabrous. Leaves erect-patent, coriaceous, glabrous, linear, base ovately widened, 0.7-1.6 by 0.15-0.22 cm, obtuse, mid-rib grooved above, rounded below, lateral nerves 1 or 2 on either side, prominent on underside only, margin membranous, often curved upwards; sheaths densely warty mainly on the nerves, tubular, 0.9-1.5 cm long, at tip setose-fimbriate, these with scattered warts, many-nerved. Spathe tubular, 1.5-1.7 by 0.3-0.45 cm, obtuse, c. 9-nerved, most nerves prominent, scattered warty mainly on the nerves. Floral bract none [?]. Ovary glabrous, falcate-clavate, 3-sided, 1.7-1.9 by 0.25-0.35 cm, 6-ribbed in 3 pairs. Median sepal glabrous, linear, ovate at base, c. 2.3 by 0.5 cm, obtuse, conoid-apiculate, 3-nerved at base, up to 11-nerved in higher parts. Lateral sepals glabrous, free, falcate linear-ovate, 2.3 by 0.5 cm, obtusely acuminate, at base with a 0.4 by 0.25 cm large, oblique, oblong appendage, 3-nerved at base, up to 10-nerved in higher part. Petals glabrous, similar to median sepal, 1.7 by 0.35 cm, 3-nerved at base, 7-nerved in higher parts. Lip adnate to base of column, free part triangular-ovate, 3-lobed, 0.3 by 0.6 cm, obtuse, median lobe curving downward, with a median broad crest, finely papillate on either side along apical margin; spur glabrous, clavate, 1.6 by 0.2 cm, at tip slightly grooved. Column short and stout, 0.5 by 0.35 by 0.3 cm, clinandrium crenulate. Anther and capsule not seen. (After Van Royen, 1979).

Colours: Flowers red.

Habitat: Epiphyte in upper montane forest in exposed positions. Altitude 3480 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 325-64M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte, keep in light position.

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.