Glomera stenocentron (Schltr.) J.J.Sm.

Glomera stenocentron (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg 2(8):12 (1912)

Glossorhyncha stenocentron Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih 1:294(1912)- Type : Schlechter 18757 (holotype, B lost)


Growth form Epiphyte, erect or patent, up to 20 cm high. Rhizome not seen. Roots filiform, long, flexible, glabrous. Stem sparsely branched, slender, compressed, proliferously leafed, completely covered by leaf sheaths. Leaf linear or linear-ligulate, erect-patent, glabrous, carnose; apex obtuse, oblique; base sub petiolate-narrowed, short-petiolate; lamina 1.2-1.8 cm long, 1.5-2.5 cm wide; sheath densely warty; apex toothed, with bristled margin. Inflorescences terminal, one-flowered, when young enveloped by a spathe. Spathe not seen; floral bracts not seen. Flowers upright, glabrous. Median sepal oblong, apiculate, 1.2 cm long, 0.48 cm wide. Lateral sepals oblong-ovate, apex apiculate, base widened 0.4 cm long, decurrent, 0.93 cm long, 0.42 cm wide. Petal obliquely obovate-elliptic, broadly obtuse, 1.3 cm long, 0.9 cm wide. Lip above the middle adnate to the margin of the column, broadly rhombic, cucullate-concave, 0.45 cm long; epichile apiculate; hypochile spurred; spur slender, filiform, subacute, 1.3 cm long. Column 0.25 cm long, glabrous; clinandrium entire, obliquely truncate; stelidia not seen. Anther broadly cucullate, with shallowly notched swelling, glabrous, in front truncate, 0.29 cm long, 0.4 cm wide; rostellum not seen; stigma not seen; pollinia 4, pear-shaped, 0.34 cm long; viscidium not seen. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 1.3 cm long. Capsule not seen.

Distribution – Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

Habitat and Ecology –  Epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 1400-2400 m.  Flowering in January and July in the wild.

Notes - 1. Flowers white.

2. The epithet stenocentron refers to the narrow spur of the species (steno-  means narrow and -centron means spur in Latin).

3. Specimen observed: Schlechter 18757.