Glomera nana (Schltr.) J.J.Sm.

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

Glossorhyncha nana Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1:312 (1912)- Type: Schlechter 19446 (holotype, B lost; isotype BO, K, L, AMES)


Growth form Epiphyte, very small, erect or suberect, branched at the base, up to 7 cm high. Rhizome not seen. Roots filiform, long, flexible, glabrous. Stem branched, thinly cylindrical, proliferously leafed, completely covered by leaf sheaths. Leaf elliptic or lanceolate-elliptic; apex obtuse; base cuneate; lamina 0.3-0.4 cm long, 0.15-0.2 cm wide; sheath tubular, tight, striated, 0.15-0.2 cm long; apex toothed, with bristled margin, bristles 1-3 mm long. Inflorescences terminal, one-flowered, when young enveloped by a spathe. Spathe broadly elliptic, glabrous, cucullate-clasping, apex apiculate; floral bracts thin, transparent, similar with spathe but smaller. Flowers upright, glabrous. Median sepal oblong, apex apiculate, 0.35 cm long, 0.15 cm wide. Lateral sepals oblique, apex obtuse, at base distinctly dilated along the front margins, decurrent, 0.257 cm long, in middle 0.16 cm wide, at base 0.25 cm long. Petal obliquely ligulate-oblong, towards the base gradually narrowed, apex obtuse, 0.32 cm long, 0.11 cm wide. Lip broadly elliptic, concave, 0.23 cm long, 0.175 cm wide; epichile minutely apiculate; hypochile spurred; spur oblongoid, apex obtuse, 0.13 cm long. Column short, glabrous, 0.10 cm long; clinandrium semiorbicular, subcrenulate; stelidia not seen. Anther broadly cucullate, obtusely umbonate, in front ascending, glabrous, 0.10 cm long, 0.11 cm wide; rostellum not seen; stigma not seen; pollinia not seen; viscidium not seen. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.3 cm long. Capsule not seen.

Distribution – Papua New Guinea.

Habitat and Ecology - Epiphyte in montane forest of Kaiser-Wilhelms-mountains. Altitude 900 m. Flowering in May in the wild.

Notes -  1. Flowers white, anther light brown.

2. The epithet nana  refers to  the dwarf habitus of the species (nana means dwarf in Latin).

3. Specimen observed: Schlechter 19446.