Glomera salicornioides J.J.Sm.

Glomera salicornioides J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg 2(13):59 (1914)

Glossorhyncha salicornioides (J.J.Sm.) Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 58:81 (1922)-Type : Pulle 1025 a (syntype L); 1026 ( syntype BO; isosyntype L)


Growth form Epiphyte, up to 45 cm high. Rhizome not seen. Roots filiform, long, flexible, glabrous. Stem elongated, rooting in basal part, strongly branched above, cylindrical, branches erect-patent, fairly short, thin, laterally compressed, completely covered by leaf sheaths, in basal part 0.2 cm in diameter, internodes 1.3-1.75 cm long, on the branches 0.2-0.25 cm long. Leaf subterete, erect-patent, carnose, narrowed towards apex, chanelled; apex obtuse; petiole dorsally compressed, chanelled, 0.05-0.1 cm long; lamina 0.4-0.9 cm long, 0.15-0.2 cm wide; sheath tubular, strongly warty; apex without tooth, with bristled margin, bristles up to 0.12 cm long. Inflorescences terminal, one-flowered, nodding, when young enveloped by a spathe. Spathe covering the apex of the spur, broadly cucullate, broadly ovate-semi-elliptic, apex subacute, conduplicate, slightly incurved, with one dorsally prominent nerve, 0.46 cm long, 0.5 cm wide; floral bracts clasping the basal part of the ovary, cucullate, suborbicular, 1-nerved, apex slightly apiculate, 0.58 cm long. Flowers upright, 0.95 cm in diameter, glabrous. Median sepal subelliptic-oblong, 3-nerved, apex obtuse, shortly obtuse conical-apiculate, 0.57 cm long, 0.3 cm wide. Lateral sepals obliquely ovate, slightly narrowed at the base, 3-nerved at base, apex acute, conical-apiculate, 0.57 cm long, 0.33 cm long. Petal sublinear, slightly narrowed in the apical part, 2-nerved at base, apex obtuse, 0.53 cm long, 0.13 cm wide. Lip base shortly adnate to the column, not surpassing the column, concave, making an obtuse angle with the spur, when not flattened to the apex of the ovary 0.38 cm long, to the apex of the spur 0.88 cm long, when flattened broadly semiorbicular-triangular, 9-nerved, 0.33 cm long, 0.63 cm wide; epichile obtuse, on either side rounded; hypochile truncate, inside in the basal part with transverse cross-ridge, spurred; spur large, appressed to the ovary and equally long, oblong, subcylindrical, especially above slightly dorsally compressed, apex slightly recurved, obtuse, in front longitudinally grooved, 0.65 cm long, 0.2 cm wide. Column short, dorsally convex, in basal part of the clinandrium slightly constricted, 0.18 cm long; clinandrium deeply concave, dentate; stelidia triangular or almost bidentate; rostellum porrect, truncate, in the apical part obtusely angled convex. Anther not seen; rostellum not seen; stigma not seen; pollinia not seen; viscidium not seen. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 6-ribbed, 0.8-0.9 cm long. Capsule not seen.

Distribution – Indonesia.

Habitat and Ecology - Epiphyte in upper montane forest of Mt. Wichmann. Altitude 3100 m. Flowering in February in the wild.

Notes -  1. Flowers light green, column dark green.

2. The epithet salicornioides refers to the habitus resembling the genus Salicornia.

3. Specimen observed: Pulle 1025 a