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Glomera leucomela

Glomera leucomela

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

Type: Schlechter 18725 (holo B, lost)


  • Glossorhyncha leucomela Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 313
    - Type: Schlechter 18725 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, small, erect or suberect, 5 cm high; rhizome very short, roots filiform elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stems unbranched or sparsely branched, very small, terete, densely leafy, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves erect-patent or patent, ligulate, obtuse, at the base subpetiolate-narrowed, carnose, glabrous, 0.5-0.7 cm long, near the middle 0.13-0.15 cm wide; sheaths closely appressed, nervose-striate, weakly verruculose, apical margin fimbriate-ciliate with several appressed setae. Flowers solitary, glabrous. Spathe broadly elliptic, apiculate, cucullate-clasping, smooth. Floral bracts similar to but smaller than the spathe, hyaline. Sepals oblong, subacute, glabrous, 0.8 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base somewhat dilated along the front margin. Petals broadly elliptic, oblique, acute, glabrous, only slightly longer than the sepals, but distinctly wider than the median sepal. Lip obovate, obtuse, 0.35 cm long, above the middle 0.25 cm wide, spur oblongoid, obtuse, 0.3 cm long. Column short, about half as long as the lip, glabrous, clinandrium broadly triangular, apiculate, sublobulate. Anther obovate-cucullate, dorsally with a conical swelling, glabrous, in front shortly bilobulate. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.35 cm long.
(After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Glossorhyncha leucomela Schltr.)

Flower whitish, lip apex black.

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 Uniflorae
  • Species Glomera leucomela
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 114, fig. 428, as Glossorhyncha leucomela Schltr.

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Glomera leucomela

Glomera leucomela (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., as Glossorhyncha leucomela Schltr., from Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 114, fig. 428