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Glomera acicularis

Glomera acicularis

Glomera acicularis Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 282

Type: Schlechter 18815 (holo B, lost; iso K)

Epiphytic, erect or patent, up to 40 cm long, branched. Stems and branches rather rigid, slightly laterally compressed, leafy, entirely covered by the close-fitting leaf-sheaths. Leaves linear, acute, sharply and rigidly pointed, thick fleshy, at the base shortly petiolate-attenuate, glabrous, 1.5-2 cm long, in the middle 0.2-0.25 cm wide, dorsally keeled; leaf-sheaths truncate at the apex, sparsely verruculose-rugulose, capitulum nodding, several-flowered, at first enveloped by a soon-withering sheath. Floral bracts minute. Flowers glabrous. Sepals elliptic, apiculate, about 0.7 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base connate in basal fourth. Petals at the base cuneate-subunguiculate, suborbicular, broadly obtuse, as long as the sepals, above the middle 0.5 cm wide. Lip suborbicular-quadrate, broadly obtuse, 0.25 cm long and wide, spur broadly obtuse, 0.25 cm long, as wide as the blade of the lip. Column short, less than half as long as the lip; clinandrium 3-lobulate, median lobule large, subdentate, lateral lobules small, unequally bidentate. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, about 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914).


Epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 2400 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Cool growing epiphyte.

Not known

  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Arethuseae
  • Subtribe Coelogyninae
  • Genus Glomera
  • Section Glomera
  • Species Glomera acicularis
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 103, fig. 386

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Glomera acicularis

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Glomera acicularis

Glomera acicularis Schltr., from Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 103, fig. 386

Glomera acicularis

Glomera aff. acicularis Schltr., drawing N.H.S. Howcroft 379, from Kuper Range, PNG

Glomera acicularis

Glomera acicularis Schltr., herbarium sheet, Schlechter 18815, isotype (K)

Glomera acicularis

Glomera acicularis Schltr., detail of herbarium sheet, Schlechter 18815, isotype (K)