Glomera fransseniana

Glomera fransseniana J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 13 (1914) 60

Type: Pulle (Versteeg) 2404 (holo BO; iso L)

Stems elongated, rooting in the basal part, strongly branched, terete, apparently laterally compressed in the upper part, laxly leafy, to c. 1 m long, in the basal part to 0.33 cm diam., branches patent, to 2.8 cm long, basal internodes to 2.75-3.25 cm long, on the branches 0.6-1.4 cm long. Leaves patent, at the base half-twisted, ovate-lanceolate, gradually narrowed towards the apex, in the apical part with slightly irregular margins, at the apex strongly obliquely bidentate, teeth acute or with the longer tooth obtuse, at the base obliquely cuneate and shortly petiolate-contracted, above convex with a longitudinal groove, carnose, including the furfuraceous-punctate sheath 1.5-4 cm long, 0.6-0.65 cm wide; sheaths tubular, compressed, warty, at the apex densely appressed twisted-setose-ciliate. Inflorescence 1-flowered. Spathe a little shorter than the ovary, somewhat inflated-tubular, finely warty, furfuraceous, c. 9-nerved, 2.1 cm long. Floral bract similar to the spathe, obtuse, 2.25 cm long. Sepals and petals reflexed, convex, somewhat carnose. Median sepal lanceolate, narrowed towards the apex, obtusely conical-apiculate, 3-nerved, 2.1 by 0.55 cm. Lateral sepals obliquely lanceolate, narrowed towards the apex, obtuse, long apiculate, at the base shortly connate and dilated into an auricle-like, obliquely triangular-oblong, rounded, concave lobule which is appressed to the spur, 3-nerved, 2.17 cm long, including the lobule 2.3 cm long, above the base 0.55 cm wide. Petals lanceolate, narrowed towards the apex, obtuse, 3-nerved, 1.87 by 0.5 cm. Lip at the base long adnate to the column, cucullate, long spurred, to the apex of the ovary 0.62 cm long, to the apex of the spur 2.6 cm long, blade making an obtuse angle with the spur, at the apex convex and papillose, when flattened transversely rhombic, obtuse, c. 11-nerved, 0.6 by 0.8 cm; spur appressed to the ovary, thin, at the apex slightly clavate, obtuse, 2 cm long. Column in basal half adnate to the lip, dorsally convex, at the apex crenulate, 0.37 cm long; auricles triangular-tooth-like. Anther cucullate, suborbicular, 0.16 cm wide, at the apex with membranous margin, retuse, thecae convex, connective between the thecae slightly triangular-conical-thickened. Stigma with the lower margin extended, rounded. Ovary pedicellate, clavate, furfuraceous, 2.5 cm long. (After Smith, 1915).

Colours: Flower pale pinkish brown.

Habitat: Epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 2800-3000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: February.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 322-48M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.