Glomera ericifolia Ridl.

Glomera ericifolia Ridl., Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Bot. 9:199 (1916)- Type :  Kloss s.n (holotype, BM)

Glossorhyncha ericifolia  (Ridl.) P.Royen, Folia Geobot. Phytotax. 9(1):82 (1974)


Growth form Epiphyte, slender, up to 18 cm high. Rhizome not seen. Roots filiform, flexible, glabrous. Stem cylindrical, often branched, completely covered by leaf sheaths. Leaf  linear, subcylindric, carnose, bright green; apex obtuse; base shortly petiolate; lamina 1 cm long, 0.1 cm wide; sheath tubular, finely warty, 0.5 cm long; apex toothed or without tooth, with glabrous margin. Inflorescences terminal, one-flowered, sessile, when young enveloped by a spathe. Spathe tubular, 0.6 cm long, the free apex ovate, 0.2 cm long, peduncle 0.2 cm long, thick; floral bracts lanceolate, apex obtuse, 0.2 cm long. Flowers upside-down, glabrous. Median sepal lanceolate, apex acute. Lateral sepals finely mucronate, 0.4 cm long, 0.2 cm wide; mentum horn-shaped, obtuse, narrowed to the apex, ca. 0.3 cm long. Petal slightly wider than and as long as the sepals. Lip ovate, cordate; epichile obtuse, swollen, mid-raised and forked; hypochile spurred?; spur not seen. Column short; clinandrium dorsally elongated margin; stelidia fleshy, linear obtuse. Anther hemispherical; rostellum not seen; stigma lower margin linear, obtuse; pollinia not seen ; viscidium absent. Ovary thick, sessile, 0.3 cm long. Capsule not seen.

Distribution –Indonesia.

Habitat and Ecology - Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1190 m. Flowering season not known.

Notes -  1. Flower color not recorded. Leaves bright green.

2. The epithet  ericifolia refers to  the leaves of the species resembling those of the genus Erica (Ericaceae)

3. Specimen observed: BM000061174 (holotype).