Glomera glomeroides (Schltr.) J.J.Sm.

Glomera glomeroides(Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, 2(8):14 (1912)

Glossorhyncha glomeroides Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 1:314 (1912)- Type: Schlechter 16924 (holotype B, lost)


Growth form Epiphyte, erect or suberect, up to 15 cm high. Rhizome not seen. Roots filiform, long, flexible, glabrous. Stem erect or ascending, sometimes rooting at the base, much branched, cylindrical, proliferously leafed, completely covered by leaf sheaths. Leaf  ligulate or oblong-ligulate, patent or erect-patent, glabrous; apex unequal 2-lobed, both lobes obtuse; lamina 1-1.5 cm long, 0.23-0.28 cm wide; sheath tubular, densely warty, sometimes sub-carunculate, 0.6-0.8 cm long; apex toothed, with glabrous margin. Inflorescences terminal, one-flowered, when young enveloped by a spathe. Spathe broadly elliptic, cucullate,clasping the petiole, veined, apex apiculate; floral bracts transparent, thin, smaller than spathe, surpassing the ovary. Flowers upright, not fully opened. Median sepal ovate, apex acuminate-apiculate, 0.35 cm long, 0.18 cm wide. Lateral sepals oblique, towards the base gradually dilated along the front margins, decurrent, 0.30 cm long, 0.22 cm wide. Petal obliquely rhombic-oblong, apex obtuse, glabrous, 0.33 cm long, 0.16 cm wide. Lip broadly ovate, 0.18 cm long, 0.15 cm wide;  epichile obtuse; hypochile spurred; spur broadly oblongoid, apex broadly obtuse, 0.15 cm long. Column 0.1 cm long; stigma large; clinandrium 3-lobed, lateral lobes very small, median lobe larger, triangular, apex obtuse; stelidia not seen. Anther broadly cucullate, projection obtuse, glabrous, in front ascending, apex broadly obtuse, 0.14 cm long, 0.1 cm wide; rostellum not seen; pollinia 4, pear-shaped, 1 mm long, 0.3 mm wide ; viscidium present. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.2 cm long. Capsule not seen.

Distribution –Papua New Guinea.

Habitat and Ecology - Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1000 m. Flowering season not known.

Notes -  1. Flowers white, bright green lip with red ornamentation on the tip of the lip.

2. The epithet  glomeroides refers to the genus g=Glomera to which this species belongs.

3. Specimen observed: Schlechter 16924.