Glomera monticuprina (P.Royen) J.M.H. Shaw

Glomera monticuprina (P.Royen) J.M.H. Shaw, Alp. Fl. New Guinea 2 : 599 (1979)

Growth form Epiphyte, much branched in apical part, erect, with overhanging branches, up to 40 cm high. Rhizome ca. 1 mm in diameter. Roots filiform, flexible, glabrous. Stem cylindrical, glabrous, proliferously leafed, entirely covered by leaf sheaths. Leaf  linear, erect-patent, coriaceous, glabrous, midrib grooved above, rounded below, lateral nerves 1 or 2 on either side, prominent on underside only, margin membranous, often curved upwards; apex obtuse;  base widened ovate; lamina 0.7-1.6 cm long, 0.15-0.22 cm wide; sheath tight clasping, tubular, densely warty mainly on the nerves, 0.9-1.5 cm long; apex toothed, with bristled margin, bristles with scattered warts, many-nerved. Inflorescences terminal, one-flowered, when young enveloped by a spathe. Spathe tubular, 9-nerved, most nerves prominent, scattered warty mainly on the nerves, apex obtuse, 1.5-1.7 cm long, 0.3-0.45 cm wide; floral bracts not seen. Flowers upright, glabrous. Median sepal linear, glabrous, 3-nerved at base, 11-nerved in higher parts, apex obtuse, conoid-apiculate, base ovate, 1.7-1.9 cm long, 0.25-0.35 cm wide. Lateral sepals free, falcate linear-ovate, glabrous, 2.3 cm long, 0.5 cm wide, apex obtusely acuminate, base with appendages, oblique, oblong, 3-nerved at base, 10-nerved in higher parts, 0.4-0.25 cm wide. Petal linear, glabrous, 3-nerved at base, 7-nerved in higher parts, 1.7 cm long, 0.35 cm wide. Lip adnate to the column, free part triangular ovate, 0.3 cm long, 0.6 cm wide; epichile 3-lobed, obtuse, midlobe curving downwards, with median broad crest, with brown dots on either side along apical margin; hypochile spurred; spur clavate, glabrous, 1.6 cm long, 0.2 cm wide, apex slightly grooved. Column stout, 0.5 cm long, 0.35 cm wide; clinandrium crenulate; stelidia not seen. Anther not seen; rostellum not seen; pollinia not seen; stigma not seen; viscidium not seen. Ovary clavate, glabrous, 3-sided, 3-ribbed, each double one, 1.7-1.9 cm long, 0.25-0.35 cm wide. Capsule not seen.

Distribution – Indonesia

Habitat and Ecology – Epiphyte in upper montane forest of Mt. Ertsberg, Papua. Altitude 3480 m. Flowering in January in the wild.

Notes - 1. Flowers red.

2. The epithet monticuprina refers to the Dutch name of the mountain where the type specimen was collected (monti- means mountain and –cuprina means ore in Latin)

3. Specimen observed: ANU(Hope) 16049 (L 0064492).