Glomera montana

Glomera montana Rchb.f., Linnaea 41 (1876) 77

Type: Milne 214 (holo K; iso W #37241, drawing AMES)

Epiphyte, erect or patent, up to 45 cm high; rhizome short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stems somewhat rigid, somewhat compressed, leafy, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves erect-patent, ligulate or linear-ligulate, strongly unequally and obtusely bilobulate, glabrous, 5-10 cm long, near the middle 0.5-1.3 cm wide; sheaths closely appressed, minutely and very densely rugulose, apex with a triangular tooth opposite the leaf, 2-2.5 cm long; capitulum nodding, subglobose, 2.5-3 cm diameter, covered with broad, apiculate sheaths; bracts hyaline. Flowers glabrous. Median sepal oblong, obtuse, 0.9 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, oblong, apiculate, connate up to below the apex, as long as the median sepal. Petals about as long as and similar to the median sepal, somewhat narrower and oblique. Lip quadrate-oblong, broadly obtuse, 0.3 cm long, spur subquadrate, broadly obtuse, about as long as but somewhat broader than the blade. Column very short, less than a third as long as the lip, clinandrium 3-lobed, lateral lobes unequally bidentate. Anther broadly cucullate, high and obtusely umbonate, in front retuse, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.7 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Glomera rugulosa Schltr.)

Colours: Flower white, lip apex light vermillion; anther brown with white humps.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1300-2100 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea), Solomon Is., Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-154M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.