Glomera confusa J.J.Sm.

Glomera confusa J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg 2(8):13 (1912)

Ceratochilus papuanus Kraenzl., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 16:19 (1892) –Type: Hellwig 324 (holotype B, lost)

Ceratostylis papuana (Kraenzl.) in K. Schum. & Lauterb., Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee 249 (1901)

Glossorhyncha papuana (Kraenzl.) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1:311 (1912) – Type : Schlechter 17995 (holotype B, lost)


Growth form Epiphyte, up to 20 cm high. Rhizome not seen. Roots filiform, long, flexible, glabrous. Stem much branched, laterally compressed, completely covered by leaf sheaths. Leaf scalpelliform, almost triquetrous, warty on the midrib; apex acute; sheath tubular; apex toothed or without tooth, with glabrous or bristled margin. Inflorescences terminal, one-flowered, when young enveloped by a spathe. Spathe not seen; floral bracts not seen. Flowers upside-down, glabrous. Median sepal oblong, patent, apex obtuse. Lateral sepals oblong, patent, apex obtuse. Petal ligulate, shorter and narrower than sepals, apex acute. Lip broadly triangular, concave; epichile obtuse, with brown glands; hypochile with two calli at base, spurred; spur as long as the sepals, somewhat compressed. Column curved; clinandrium deeply concave; stelidia not seen. Anther cucullate, subovate-orbicular, apex obtuse; rostellum broad, emarginate; stigma not seen; pollinia 4, pear-shaped; viscidium present. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous. Capsule not seen.

Distribution – Papua New Guinea.

Habitat and Ecology - Epiphyte in montane forest in Kaiser Wilhelms-mountains. Altitude 1000-2300 m. Flowering in February, March, June, July, September and October in the wild.

Notes -  1. Flowers white.

2. The epithet confusa  refers to  the confused classification of the species.

3. Specimen observed: none.