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Glomera affinis

Glomera affinis

Glomera affinis J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 8 (1912) 14


  • Glossorhyncha torricellensis Schltr. in K.Schum. & Lauterb., Nachtr. Fl. Deutsch. Schutzgeb. Südsee (1905) 132
    - Type: Schlechter 14558 (holo B, lost)
  • Glomera torricellensis (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 19 (1908) 28 (non Schltr.)

Basionym: Glossorhyncha torricellensis

Roots elongated, filiform, flexuose, glabrous. Stems subpatent to ascending, branching, terete, to 10 cm long, many-leaved. Leaf sheaths sparsely verruculose, apical margin with a few bristle-like hairs. Leaves erect-patent to patent, linear to linear-falcate, 0.7-1 by 0.1-0.15 cm, somewhat rigid, apex unequally bilobulate. Inflorescences terminal on the branches, 1-flowered. Floral bract cucullate, slightly longer than the ovary, apex apiculate, outside with blackish dots, verruculose-punctate. Ovary cylindric, glabrous. Flower c. 0.5 cm across. Dorsal sepal erect, ovate-oblong, 0.3 cm long, apex acute. Lateral sepals deflexed, obliquely falcate-oblong, slightly dilated to the base along inner margins, 0.3 cm long, weakly cohering to just below the apex, apiculate. Petals obliquely falcate-obovate, subspatulate, a little shorter than the median sepal, apex obtuse. Lip broadly rhomboid-ovate, 0.2 cm, spurred, concave, near apex minutely pubescent, apex obtuse; spur short, broadly obtuse. Column short, clinandrium large, rostellum ovate, rounded, ascending, obtuse; column-foot short. Anther rounded, apex ascending, obtuse. (After Schlechter, 1905, as Glossorhyncha torricellensis Schltr.).

Flower pure white, the lip below the apex with two purple spots.

Epiphyte in hill forest. Altitude 600 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Intermediate growing epiphyte.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Arethuseae
  • Subtribe Coelogyninae
  • Genus Glomera
  • Section Uniflorae
  • Species Glomera affinis
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 310, as Glossorhyncha torricellensis Schltr.
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 113, fig. 422, as Glossorhyncha torricellensis Schltr.

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Glomera affinis

Glossorhyncha torricellensis Schltr., from Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 113, fig. 422