Glomera tamiana

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

Basionym: Glossorhyncha schultzei

Almost shrub-like, low, branched, ascending, 25 cm long. Stems and branches many-leaved, thinly terete, entirely covered with the very tightly clasping, finely warty leaf-sheaths with several apical bristle-hairs. Leaves patent, narrowly linear, 1-1.5 by 0.15 cm, rather obtuse, carnose, semiterete, almost twice as long as the sheaths. Spathe large, elliptic-cucullate, apiculate, almost glabrous. Flowers single, glabrous. Sepals elliptic-oblong, 0.45 cm long, rather obtuse. Lateral sepals falcate-oblique, cohering. Petals obliquely elliptic-spathulate, 0.5-0.55 cm long, obtuse, at the apex almost notched. Lip blade broadly rhombic, obtuse, half as long as the sepals; spur conical, 0.25 cm long, free, appressed to the ovary, distinctly protruding from between the bases of the lateral sepals. Column short, clinandrium dorsally denticulate. Ovary sessile, cylindrical, 0.5 cm long, glabrous. (After Schlechter, 1922, as Glossorhyncha schultzei Schltr.).

Colours: Flower almost certainly pure white, lip apex with a grey spot.

Habitat: Probably epiphytic in montane forest. Altitude 1600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-138M.JPG

Cultivation: probably intermediate growing epiphyte.