Glomera compressa

Glomera compressa J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 45 (1911) 2

Type: Nouhuys, van s.n. (1909) (holo BO)

Stem compressed, internodes 1.3-1.8 cm long. Leaves lanceolate, unequally obtusely bilobed, at the base petiolate-narrowed, midrib grooved above, prominent below, when dried transversely rugulose above, coriaceous, shiny, 2.8-3 cm long, 0.27-0.3 cm wide; sheaths tubular, compressed, longitudinally veined and somewhat transversely rugulose, apex shortly and finely fimbriate, surpassing the internodes, 0.35 cm wide, at the base narrower. Inflorescence terminal, sessile, 1-flowered, bracts 2, subinflated-tubular membranous, furfuraceous-punctate, enveloping ovary and spur, outer bract shortly bidenticulate-acuminate 1.5 cm long, inner bract interior thinner and densely furfuraceous. Flower rather large. Median sepal linear-lanceolate, apiculate, above the base 7-nerved, 1.35 cm long, 0.35 cm wide. Lateral sepals at the base obliquely dilated, long connate, forming a bilobed blade, clasping 1/3 of the spur, linear-lanceolate, falcate, apiculate, above the base 6-nerved, 1.15 cm long, in the middle 0.38 cm wide. Petals oblong-spathulate, obtuse, at the base 3-, above the base 7-nerved, 1.3 cm long, 0.55 cm wide. Lip adnate to the column, entire, long spurred, in total 1.7 cm long; blade somewhat fleshy, concave, the part adnate to the column when flattened cuneate, 0.2 cm long, free part short-ovate, obtuse, at the base on either side rounded, 0.23 cm long, 0.48 cm wide; spur slender subcylindrical, 1.27 cm long. Column 0.35 cm long. Ovary with pedicel club-shaped, 1.5 cm long. (After Smith, 1911)

Colours: Flower white.

Habitat: Epiphyte in (upper) montane forest in shaded positions. Altitude 1200-2800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, September, October, December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-28M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate to cool growing epiphyte, keep in shade.

Note: One of the finest species, with relatively large, snowy white flowers.