Glomera dentifera J.J.Sm.

Glomera dentifera J.J.Sm.,Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 19:24 (1908)- Type :  Versteeg 1573 (holotype, BO; isotype K, U, L, AMES)

Growth form Epiphyte, up to 80 cm high. Rhizome not seen. Roots filiform, long, flexible, glabrous. Stem strongly branched, elongated, compressed, completely covered by leaf sheaths, internodes 3-3.5 cm long. Leaf linear-lanceolate, narrowed towards apex, above longitudinally-grooved, coriaceous; apex unequally 2-lobed, both lobes obtuse; lamina 6.5-13.5 cm long, 0.85-1.75 cm wide; sheath tubular, transversely warty, punctate; apex toothed, with bristled margin. Inflorescences terminal, sessile, nodding, densely capitate, 20-flowered, when dried 2.5 cm in diameter, when young enveloped by a spathe. Spathe obovate, obtuse, 1-1.5 cm long, 0.65 cm wide; floral bracts lanceolate, apex obtuse, 1.3 cm long, 0.32 cm wide. Flowers upright, glabrous. Median sepal oblong, concave, 5-nerved, 0.88 cm long, 0.3 cm wide, apex acute, apiculate. Lateral sepals in front deeply saccate-connate, clasping the spur, in total 0.75 cm long, free part strongly falcate-incurved, broadly triangular, concave, 5-nerved, 0.25 cm long, 0.3 cm wide, apex obtuse, conical-apiculate, Petal oblong, sub-oblique, concave, 3-nerved, 0.9 cm long, 0.3 cm wide, apex obtuse, conical-apiculate. Lip at base adnate to the column, entire, recurved, quadrate, 0.27 cm long, 0.24 cm wide; epichile rounded, with small longitudinal indistinct rib, thickened; hypochile spurred; spur ventricose-saccate, apex rounded-truncate, 0.23 cm long, 0.26 cm wide. Column sub-curved, apex strongly dilated, with 3 small ribs, ribs decurrent on the filament and auricles, 0.2 cm long; clinandrium dentate; stelidia triangular, acute. Anther cucullate, obliquely conical, at base and apex emarginate; rostellum very broad, broadly retuse; stigma transverse, lower margin strongly produced, rounded-triangular, surpassing the rostellum; pollinia 4, pear-shaped, geminate, inside flat; viscidium absent. Ovary 6-grooved, 0.75 cm long. Capsule not seen.

Distribution – Indonesia

Habitat and Ecology - Epiphyte in lowland forest. Altitude 70 m. Flowering time in August in the wild.

Notes -  1. Flowers colors not recorded.

2. The epithet dentifera refers to the toothed leaf spathe of the species (denti- means teeth and -fera means bearing in Latin).

3. Specimen observed: Versteeg 1573.

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