Glomera aurea

Glomera aurea Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 283

Type: Schlechter 18202 (holo B, lost; iso K)

Epiphyte, erect or decumbent, up to 50 cm long, branched; rhizome stem-like, decumbent, creeping or short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stem and branches somewhat laterally compressed, leafy, somewhat rigid, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves erect or erect-patent, linear-lanceolate, strongly unequally and obtusely bilobulate, at the base cuneate-narrowed, 4-7.5 cm long, below the middle 0.3-0.5 cm wide; sheaths closely appressed, apex obliquely truncate, obtuse, densely rugose. Inflorescence nodding, secund, initially covered with sheaths that soon disappear, densely many-flowered, 2 cm long; bracts hyaline, soon falling off. Flowers glabrous. Sepals oblong, apiculate, 0.65 cm long. Lateral sepals up to near the middle connate, oblique. Petals oblong-ligulate, oblique, about as long as the sepals. Lip subquadrate-ovate, obtuse, glabrous, 0.3 cm long, near the middle 0.18 cm wide, spur oblongoid-saccate, obtuse, somewhat shorter and narrower than the blade of the lip. Column short, glabrous, less than half as long as the lip, clinandrium sublobulate-dentate. Anther cucullate with obtuse umbo, in front truncate. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.65 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower golden yellow, lip apex scarlet, anther light brown with white humps.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1200-3050 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June, September, October, December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-19M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.

Note: Hardly different from Glomera subracemosa J.J.Sm.