Glossorhyncha kerewensis

Glossorhyncha kerewensis P.Royen, Alp. Fl. New Guinea 2 (1979) 653, fig. 231

Type: Kalkman 4836 (holo L)

Erect, up to 50 cm high, epiphytic, much branched herb with drooping apical parts of branches. Stems terete, glabrous. Leaf coriaceous, patent, glabrous, linear, ovately widened in basal part, 0.6-1.8 by 0.1-0.2 cm, unequally 2-lobed at tip, but the lower lobe only developed sometimes as a small lobe, mid-rib shallowly grooved above, slightly prominent below, sheaths rather densely transversely warty, tubular 0.6-2 cm long, many-ribbed, apical margin with 0.1-0.25 cm long bristles, each slightly warty. Spathe scattered warty, obovoid-oblong, 1.5 by 0.3 cm, rounded, many-ribbed. Floral bract similar to spathe but up to 1.4 by 0.3 cm, ribs less strongly developed, warty in exposed part only. Ovary glabrous, clavate, 1.2 cm long, 3-sided, each rib double-crested. Flowers fragrant. Median sepal scattered papillate along apical parts of margin only, linear, ovately widened in basal part, 1.3 by 0.3 cm, acute, conoid-apiculate, 3-nerved at base, 9-nerved in higher parts. Lateral sepals scattered papillate at tip only, free, near, ovately widened in basal part, falcate, 1.4 by 0.3 cm, acute, conoid-apiculate, at base obliquely auricled-widened, nerved at base, up to 6-nerved in higher parts. Lateral petals glabrous, linear, ovately widened in basal part, 1 by 0.2 cm, obtuse, 3-nerved at base, 5-nerved in higher parts. Lip adnate base of column, free part cordate-ovate, 3-lobed, 0.3 by 0.5 cm, rounded and thickened at tip, 5-nerved, finely papillate on either side of thickened part, grooved on underside; spur glabrous, subclavate, 1.1 cm long, shallowly grooved above in basal part. Column short and stout, 0.2 by 0.15 by 0.15 cm, slightly curved, clinandrium coarsely dentate-crenulate and with 2 larger acute lobes. Anther not seen. Capsule not seen. (After Van Royen, 1979).

Colours: Flowers greenish yellow.

Habitat: Epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 3100 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 325-52M.JPG

Cultivation: Cool growing epiphyte.

Note: The genus Glossorhyncha is here considered to be a synonym of Glomera. For the present species a name under Glomera is not yet available; it may be a species already described under a different name.