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Glomera distichifolia

Glomera distichifolia

Glomera distichifolia Ormerod, Austral. Orchid Rev. 61, 6 (1996) 37

Type: Hunt RSS 2961 (holo K; iso L)

Epiphyte. Stems slender, sparsely branching, laxly-subdensely leafy, 10-40 cm long, 0.1-0.2 cm diam. Leaf-sheaths concealing stem, verrucose, truncate at apex opposite leaf base. Leaves patent, lanceolate, unequally subacutely bilobed, coriaceous, 1.7-4.5 by 0.3-0.9 cm. Inflorescence terminal, globose, many-flowered, 1-2 cm diam., subtended by foliaceous sheaths. Median sepal oblong, obtuse, 0.9-1 by 0.4 cm. Lateral sepals ovate-oblong, subacute, connate in the basal half and enclosing the spur, 1 by 0.45 cm. Petals narrowly elliptic, obtuse, 0.8 by 0.35 cm. Lip blade subquadrate, obtuse, 0.2-0.25 by 0.3-0.35 cm; spur oblongoid, obtuse, 0.25-0.3 cm long, 0.15-0.2 cm diam. Column incurved, 0.2-0.25 cm long, each side with a quadrate, apically denticulate wing.
(After Ormerod, 1996).

Flowers white, lip apex rose, anther maroon.

Epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 2000 m.

Malesia (New Guinea), Solomon Is., Vanuatu.

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Cool growing epiphyte.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Arethuseae
  • Subtribe Coelogyninae
  • Genus Glomera
  • Section Glomera
  • Species Glomera distichifolia

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Glomera distichifolia

Glomera distichifolia Ormerod, detail of herbarium sheet, isotype specimen (L), Hunt 2961, from the Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal