Glomera neohibernica Schltr.

Glomera neohibernica Schltr., in K. Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee: 135 (1905)- Type: Schlechter 14661 (holotype, B lost; isotype K)

Growth form Epiphyte, up to 30 cm high. Rhizome not seen. Roots long, filiform, flexible, glabrous. Stem decumbent to spreading, branched, slightly laterally compressed, proliferously leafed, completely covered by leaf sheaths, internodes 1-1.8 cm long. Leaf narrowly lanceolate, erect-patent, coriaceous; apex unequally 2-lobed; lamina 3-5.5 cm long, 0.6-0.9 cm wide; sheath tubular, tight, with raised veins, minutely warty, keeled along the dorsal side; apex toothed, with glabrous margin. Inflorescences terminal, capitate, racemose, nodding, sub-globose, sessile, 12-25-flowered, when young enveloped by a spathe. Spathe ovate, foliaceous, broad, slightly exceeding the flowers; floral bracts transparent, thin. Flowers upright, glabrous, at base enveloped in a slimy substance, 0.8 cm long. Median sepal narrowly oblong-ligulate, apex narrowly obtuse, 0.6 cm long, 2 mm wide, Lateral sepals saccate-concave at the base, broadly oblong, in front acutely bilobate,, fused up to the apex, 0.6 cm long, 1.5 mm wide. Petal obliquely linear-ligulate, apex narrowly obtuse, 0.68 cm long, 2 mm wide. Lip oblong, 0.15 cm long ; epichile shortly apiculate; hypochile spurred; spur oblong-ovoid, 0.2 cm long, broadly obtuse. Column 0.14 cm long, with long column-foot; clinandrium not seen; stelidia not seen. Anther cucullate, apiculate, in front broadly obtuse, 0.17 cm long, 0.18 cm wide; pollinia 4, pear-shaped, 1 mm long, 0.5 mm wide; rostellum not seen; stigma not seen; viscidium not seen. Ovary cylindric, glabrous, 0.6 cm long. Capsule not seen.

Distribution – Papua New Guinea.

Habitat and Ecology - Epiphyte in hill forest. Altitude 600 m. Flowering in July in the wild.

Notes -  1. Flowers white with a lip with a bright red blade.

2. The epithet neohibernica refers to the location where the specimen was collected: Neo Hibernia, New Ireland province.

3. Specimen observed: Schlechter 14661  (L);  van Royen  16045 (AMES)