Glomera inflata

Glomera inflata (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 66 (1934) 171

Basionym: Giulianettia inflata

Small shrub-like, erect or ascending, 30 cm high, strongly branched. Stems and branches densely leafy, entirely covered with the very tightly appressed, warty leaf-sheaths with fimbriate-lacerate apices. Leaves erect-patent or patent, linear or linear subulate, 1-1.3 by 0.1 cm, rather obtuse, base shortly petiolate-attenuate, carnose, glabrous, 3-4 times as long as the sheaths. Spathe elliptic-cucullate, falling off. Flowers glabrous. Sepals patent or recurved, oblong, 0.4 cm long, obtuse. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base along the front margin dilated. Petals similar to the sepals and about as long, but somewhat narrower, slightly recurved. Lip very broadly cuneate-flabellate, 0.2 by 0.25 cm, in front truncate, indistinctly 3-lobulate, somewhat fleshy, slightly more than a third as long as the petals; spur deflexed, cylindrical, almost 0.4 cm long, apex inflated-globose, dorsally somewhat compressed. Column short, foot elongated, dorsal side of clinandrium low. Ovary slender cylindrical, glabrous, sessile. (After Schlechter, 1922, as Giulianettia inflata Schltr.).

Colours: Flower pale brown.

Habitat: Probably epiphytic in montane forest. Altitude 1400-1500 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-68M.JPG

Cultivation: Probably an intermediate growing epiphyte.