Prev Species: Glomera polychaete

Next Species: Glomera pullei

Glomera pteropetala

Glomera pteropetala

Glomera pteropetala (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 66 (1934) 171

Type: Ledermann 11594 (holo B, lost)


  • Glossorhyncha pteropetala Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 58 (1922) 83
    - Type: Ledermann 11594 (holo B, lost)

Almost shrub-like epiphyte, pendent, more than 50 cm long, branched, apparently flaccid. Stems and branches slightly compressed, many-leaved, entirely covered with very tightly clasping, shiny, striate, towards the apex sparsely finely warty leaf-sheaths with several flexuose apical cilia, the sheaths much shorter than the leaves. Leaves erect-patent, linear, 3.5-6 by 0.25-0.35 cm, gradually somewhat narrowed towards the apex, rather obtuse, base narrowed, oblique. Spathe elliptic-cucullate, apiculate, glabrous. Flowers single, glabrous. Sepals oblong, 1 cm long, subacute, lateral sepals cohering, subfalcate-oblique. Petals broadly elliptic-obovate, spathulate, 1.1 by 0.8 cm, wing-like, broadly obtuse, longer than the sepals. Lip blade very broadly elliptic, 0.5 cm long, shortly acuminate, less than half as long as the sepals, more than twice as long as the column, spur conical, c. 0.3 cm long. Column short, clinandrium dorsally triangular-semiorbicular, unequally denticulate. Ovary sessile, cylindrical, 0.6 cm long, glabrous.
(After Schlechter, 1922, as Glossorhyncha pteropetala Schltr.).

Flower pure white, lip apex with a grey-green patch of papillae.

Epiphyte in upper montane forest. Altitude 2070 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Cool growing epiphyte.


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

Sponsored Ads

Glomera pteropetala

No image available