Glomera viridis (Schltr.) J.J.Sm.

Glomera viridis (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzoeg. 2(8):14 (1912)

Giulianettia viridis Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. beih. 1:316 (1912)- Type: Schlechter 18756 (holotype, B lost; isotype K)

Glossorhyncha viridis (Schltr.) P.Royen, Folia Geobot. Phytotax 9(1):84 (1974)


Growth form Epiphyte, erect, shrubby, branched, up to 60 cm high. Rhizome not seen. Roots filiform, flexible, glabrous. Stem compressed, proliferously leafed, entirely covered by leaf sheaths. Leaf  obliquely oblong-ligulate, erect-patent, glabrous, coriaceous; apex unequally 2-lobed, both lobes obtuse; lamina 1.7-3.5 cm long, 0.6-0.8 cm wide; sheath tight clasping, densely warty; apex toothed, with bristled margin. Inflorescences terminal, one-flowered, erect, when young enveloped by a spathe. Spathe cucullate-clasping, apiculate, outside minutely warty; floral bracts thin, transparent, similar to the spathe. Flowers upright, glabrous. Median sepal ligulate, minutely apiculate, outside sparsely punctate, 1.8 cm long, 0.33 m wide. Lateral sepals at base dilated along the front margin, decurrent, 1.53 cm long, 0.5 cm wide. Petal sublinear-ligulate, apiculate, oblique, above the middle dilated along the front margin, glabrous, 2 cm long, 0.33 cm wide. Lip broadly rhombic, 0.7 cm long, 1 cm wide, glabrous, margins clasping the column; epichile obtuse; hypochile with a median keel which is dilated towards the apex, spurred; spur cylindrical, obtuse, 1.6 cm long, appressed to the ovary. Column glabrous, 0.6 cm long, with column foot; clinandrium large, semiorbicular, apex obtusely 3-lobulate; stelidia not seen. Anther broadly cucullate, in front ascending, dorsally obtusely umbonate, glabrous, 0.4 cm long, 0.33 cm wide; rostellum not seen; pollinia 4, semioblongoid, oblique, 0.26 cm long; stigma not seen; viscidium single, rounded, quite broad. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 1.6 cm long. Capsule not seen.

Distribution – Papua New Guinea.

Habitat and Ecology – Epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 2300 m. Flowering season unknown.

Notes - 1. Flowers green.

2. The epithet viridis refers to the green color of the flower of the species (viridis means green in Latin).

3. Specimen observed: Schlechter 18756.