Glomera fruticulosa

Glomera fruticulosa Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 285

Type: Schlechter 19593 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, patent or erect, shrubby, up to 45 cm high; rhizome decumbent, elongated, stem-like; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stem branched, densely leafy, somewhat compressed, slightly rigid, entirely covered by the shiny leaf-sheaths; leaves erect-patent, lanceolate-ligulate, apex strongly unequally bilobulate, lobes narrowly obtuse, at the base rounded, 4-6 cm long, below the middle 0.5-0.8 cm wide, slightly carnose; sheaths closely appressed, shiny, apex obtusely truncate, edentate, 1-2 cm long; capitulum nodding, subglobose, covered with broad, apiculate sheaths; bracts hyaline, very small. Flowers glabrous. Sepals oblong, 1 cm long. Median sepal obtuse. Lateral sepals apiculate, oblique, connate up to the apical third, mentum obtuse, depressed dorsally. Petals obliquely ligulate, obliquely truncate-broadly obtuse, about as long as the sepals. Lip subrhombic-quadrate, broadly obtuse, 0.25 cm long, above the middle about 0.25 cm wide, spur elliptic, obtuse, longer and in the middle broader than the blade. Column short, glabrous, about half as long as the lip, clinandrium 3-lobed with the lobes crenulate-dentate. Anther broadly cucullate, obtusely umbonate, in front retuse, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.6 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914)

Colours: Flower yellowish, lip apex vermillion.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: May.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-50M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.