Glomera pteropetala (Schltr.) J.J.Sm.

Glomera pteropetala (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 66:171 (1934)

Glossorhyncha pteropetala Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 58:83 (1922)-Type: Ledermann 11594 (holotype, B lost)

Growth form Epiphyte, shrub-like, pendent, branched, apparently flaccid, more than 50 cm high. Rhizome short, sometimes decumbent. Roots long, filiform, flexible, glabrous. Stem slightly compressed,  proliferously leafed, completely covered by leaf sheaths. Leaf  linear, erect-patent, gradually narrowed towards the apex;  apex obtuse; base narrowed, oblique; lamina 3.5-6 cm long, 0.25-0.35 cm wide; sheath tight, shiny, striate, sparsely finely warty towards apex; apex toothed or without tooth, with bristled margin, bristles flexible. Inflorescences terminal, one-flowered, when young enveloped by a spathe. Spathe elliptic-cucullate, apiculate, glabrous; floral bracts not seen. Flowers upright or upside down, glabrous. Median sepal oblong, apex subacute, 1 cm long. Lateral sepals cohering, subfalcate-oblique. Petal broadly elliptic-obovate, spathulate, wing-like, broadly obtuse, longer than sepals, 1.1 cm long, 0.8 cm wide. Lip broadly elliptic, 0.5 cm long, less than half as long as the sepal, more than twice as long as the column; epichile shortly acuminate; hypochile spurred; spur conical, 0.3 cm long. Column short; clinandrium dorsally triangular-semiorbicular, unequally denticulate; stelidia not seen. Anther not seen; pollinia not seen; rostellum not seen; stigma not seen; viscidium not seen. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.6 cm long. Capsule not seen.

Distribution –Papua New Guinea.

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

Notes -  1. Flowers white with a grey-green patch of papillae on the tip of the lip.

2. The epithet pteropetala refers to the wing-like petals of the species (ptero- means wing in Latin and -petala means petal).

3. Specimen observed: Ledermann 11594.