Glomera tenuis (Rolfe) J.J.Sm.

Glomera tenuis (Rolfe) J.J.Sm., Nova Guinea 12 (1) :29 (1913)

Giulinettia tenuis Rolfe Hooker’s Icon. Pl. 4 :7 (1899) t. 2616 - Type : A. Guilianetti s.n. (holotype, K)

Glossorhyncha tenuis (Rolfe) P.Royen, Folia Geobot. Phytotax 9(1):84 (1974)


Growth form Epiphyte, 7.5-10 cm high. Rhizome not seen. Roots filiform, flexible, glabrous. Stem branched, proliferously leafed, entirely covered by leaf-sheaths. Leaf linear, subcylindrical; apex sub-obtuse; lamina 1.25-2.1 cm long; sheath tight clasping, striate, warty; apex without tooth, with bristled margin. Inflorescences terminal, one-flowered, when young enveloped by a spathe. Spathe oblong, 1.25 cm long, subacute, involute, striate; floral bracts similar as spathe. Flowers upright, glabrous. Median sepal linear-lanceolate, patent, 1.2 cm long, apex acute. Lateral sepals linear-lanceolate, patent, 1.25 cm long, extended at base, below spur fused into 0.3 cm long, free lamina, apex acute. Petal linear, 1.05 cm long, apex acute. Lip broadly cordate-ovate, 0.3 cm long, concave; epichile subobtuse; hypochile spurred; spur cylindrical, 0.95-1.05 cm long, apex obtuse. Column thick, 0.21 cm long; clinandrium not seen. Anther not seen; rostellum not seen; pollinia 4, pear-shaped; stigma not seen; viscidium not seen. Ovary not seen. Capsule not seen.

Distribution – Papua New Guinea.

Habitat and Ecology – Epiphyte in subalpine forest. Altitude not known. Flowering in May and September in the wild.

Notes - 1. Colors of the flowers not recorded.

2. The epithet tenuis refers to thin, slender characteristics of the stem and leaves of the species (tenuous means thin, slender in Latin).

3. Specimen observed: A. Guilianetti s.n. (K000810752)