Glomera dischorensis (Schltr.) J.J.Sm.

Glomera dischorensis (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg 2(8):12 (1912)- Type :  Schlechter 19670 (holotype, B lost)

Glossorhyncha dischorensis Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1:298(1912)


Growth form Epiphyte, erect or patent, up to 35 cm high. Rhizome not seen. Roots filiform, long,  flexible, glabrous. Stem more or less branched, slender, proliferously leafed, completely covered by leaf sheaths. Leaf erect-patent, linear or linear-ligulate, glabrous; apex strongly unequal 2-lobed; base subpetiolate, narrowed; lamina 0.8-1.5 cm long, 0.15-0.23 cm wide; sheath tubular, thickened nerves, sometimes warty, striate; apex toothed or without tooth, with bristled margin, bristles 0.3-0.7 cm long. Inflorescences terminal, one-flowered, when young enveloped by a spathe. Spathe broadly elliptic, veined, apex apiculate; floral bracts thin, transparent, shorter than ovary. Flowers upright or upside-down, glabrous. Median sepal ligulate-oblong, apex narrowly obtuse, 0.85 cm long, 0.29 cm wide. Lateral sepals oblique, base dilated along the front margin, 0.66 cm long, 0.26 cm wide. Petal obliquely spathulate-elliptic, apex broadly obtuse, base narrow, clawed, 1 cm long, 0.45 cm wide. Lip broadly ovate, margin adnate to the base of the column, 0.45 cm long, 0.35 cm wide; epichile rounded, distinctly apiculate; hypochile spurred; spur semi-oblongoid, apex obtuse, 0.15 cm long, 0.15 cm wide. Column ca. 0.22 cm long; clinandrium dorsally -dentate, apex truncate; stelidia not seen. Anther broadly cucullate, in front ascending, broadly obtuse, with an umbo with subemarginate apex; rostellum not seen; stigma not seen; pollinia 4, pear-shaped, 0.23 cm long ; viscidium absent. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.7 cm long. Capsule not seen.

Distribution – Papua New Guinea.

Habitat and Ecology - Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1300 m. Flowering in June in the wild.

Notes -  1. Flowers white with fine grey dots on the tip of the lip. Anther light brown.

2. The epithet  dischorensis refers to  the locality where the type was collected, the Dischore mountains,

3. Specimen observed : Schlechter 19670.