Glomera verruculosa

Glomera verruculosa (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 8 (1912) 12

Basionym: Glossorhyncha verruculosa

Epiphyte, erect or patent, 20-30 cm long; rhizome very short, roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stems branched, at first somewhat compressed, eventually becoming thinly terete, leafy, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves erect-patent or subpatent, linear, apex oblique obtuse, slightly carnose, glabrous, 2-3.5 cm long, 0.2-0.25 cm wide; sheaths closely appressed, with sparsely transverse warts, shiny, apical margins ciliate with fringe-like hairs of unequal length. Flowers solitary. Spathe elliptic, apiculate, cucullate-clasping, outside sparsely punctate. Floral bract smaller, hyaline, about as long as the ovary. Sepals oblong, obtuse with minute apiculum, 0.7 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base dilated along the front margins, decurrent. Petals obliquely obovate, broadly obtuse, as long as the sepals; blade of the lip broadly ovate, obtuse, 0.35 cm long, above the base 0.3 cm wide, spur oblongoid, obtuse, 0.2 cm long, in the middle 0.15 cm wide. Column short, about half as long as the lip, clinandrium somewhat crenulate-dentate. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Glossorhyncha verruculosa Schltr.)

Colours: Flower white, lip apex with fine green dots, anther yellow-brown.

Habitat: Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 500-1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 322-148M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing epiphyte.