Glomera tamiana J.J.Sm.

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

Glossorhyncha schultzei Schltr. Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 58:84 (1922)- Type: Schultze (33)15  (holotype, B lost)

Growth form Epiphyte, shrub-like, ascending, up to 25 cm high. Rhizome not seen. Roots filiform, flexible, glabrous. Stem branched, thinly cylindrical, proliferously leafed, entirely covered by leaf sheaths. Leaf narrowly linear, patent, carnose, semi-cylindrical; apex obtuse; lamina 1-1.5 cm long, 0.15 cm wide; sheath tight clasping, finely warty; apex toothed, with bristled margin. Inflorescences terminal, one-flowered, when young enveloped by a spathe. Spathe elliptic-cucullate, apiculate, glabrous; floral bracts not seen. Flowers upright, glabrous. Median sepal elliptic-oblong, apex obtuse, 0.45 cm long. Lateral sepals falcate-oblique, cohering. Petal obliquely elliptic-spathulate, 0.5-0.55 cm long, obtuse, apex almost notched. Lip broadly rhombic, half as long as the sepals; epichile obtuse; hypochile spurred; spur conical, 0.25 cm long, free, appressed to the ovary, distinctly protruding from between the bases of the lateral sepals. Column short; clinandrium dorsally denticulate. Anther not seen; rostellum not seen; pollinia 4, pear-shaped; stigma not seen; viscidium not seen. Ovary cylindric, sessile, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. Capsule not seen.

Distribution – Papua New Guinea.

Habitat and Ecology – Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1600 m. Flowering in July in the wild.

Notes - 1. Flowers white with a gray spot on the tip of the lip.

2. The epithet tamiana refers to the Tami islands, close to the Huon Peninsula, where this species was found.

3. Specimen observed: Schultze (33)15