Glomera squamulosa

Glomera squamulosa (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 15 (1908) 28

Basionym: Glossorhyncha squamulosa

Roots elongated, filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Stems ascending to pendulous, to 20 cm long, branching, branches terete at the base, laterally compressed to the apex, many-leaved. Leaf sheaths at apex lacerate-ciliate, the hairs erect. Leaves erect-patent, linear-ligulate, 1.7-3 by 0.2-0.4 cm, coriaceous, glabrous, apex unequally bilobed. Inflorescences terminal on the branches, 1-flowered. Floral bract cucullate, slightly longer than the ovary, outside squamulose. Pedicel and ovary 0.5 cm long, subcylindric. Flower c. 0.7 cm across. Dorsal sepal oblong, 0.4 cm long, apex subacute. Lateral sepals much widened to the base, 0.4 cm by 3.5 mm, long connate in front, clasping the spur, apex narrowly obtuse. Petals obliquely obovate-spatulate, subfalcate, a little shorter than the median sepal, apex acute. Lip broadly ovate, c. 0.2 cm long, spurred, minutely pubescent, concave, apex obtuse; spur saccate, cylindric, 0.3 cm long, obtuse. Column very short, clinandrium large; column-foot elongated. Anther subcordate, in front ascending, obtuse. Pollinia oblique. (After Schlechter, 1905, as Glossorhyncha squamulosa Schltr.).

Colours: Flower white, lip at apex with two purple dots.

Habitat: Epiphyte in hill forest. Altitude 600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: April.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-129M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.