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Glomera subracemosa

Glomera subracemosa

Glomera subracemosa J.J.Sm., Bull. Dép. Agric. Indes Néerl. 39 (1910) 15

Type: Römer, von 1295 (holo BO)

Stems unknown. Leaves at the base half-twisted, lanceolate-linear, gradually narrowed towards the apex, strongly unequally bidentate, the larger tooth sublinear, obtuse, mid-rib grooved above, not prominent below, above on either side of the mid-rib convex, 7.5 cm long, 0.95 cm wide; sheaths tubular, in cross section elliptic, verrucose, 0.28 cm wide, near the apex with a triangular tooth opposite the blade. Inflorescence terminal, nodding, many-flowered, rachis somewhat elongated, 0.9 cm long, lower spathe large, suborbicular, strongly concave, outside rugose, when flattened 1.6 cm long. Flowers secund, 0.63 cm wide, 1 cm long. Median sepal ovate, obtuse, minutely obtusely apiculate, at the base concave, apex recurved, 3-nerved, 0.73 cm long, 0.46 cm wide. Lateral sepals at the base long saccate-connate, clasping the spur, in total 0.93 cm long, free part obliquely ovate, obtusely apiculate, 3-nerved, 0.53 cm long, 0.45 cm wide; mentum broad, broadly obtuse, subretuse. Petals elliptic, apex recurved, obtuse, 3-nerved, 0.68 cm long, 0.36 cm wide. Lip at the base adnate to the column, spurred; spur pointing backwards, appressed to the ovary, oblong, laterally compressed, obtuse, 0.28 cm long; blade ovate, broadly rounded, fleshy, abruptly thickened at the straight base, 0.33 cm long, 0.27 cm wide. Column in basal half adnate to the lip, slightly curved, short, about 0.2 cm long, apex obtuse. Anther orbicular, sharply acute, conical-cucullate, apex rounded, membranous-marginate, 0.13 cm wide. Rostellum porrect, broad, broadly retuse. Stigma deeply saccate, angular-semiorbicular, lower margin strongly elongated, recurved.
(After Smith, 1911)

Flower white, lip yellow or white with red apex, anther black.

Terrestrial in upper montane forest. Altitude 1800-2577 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Cool growing terrestrial.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Arethuseae
  • Subtribe Coelogyninae
  • Genus Glomera
  • Section Glomera
  • Species Glomera subracemosa
  • Smith, J.J., Nova Guinea 8, 3 (1911) 535, t. 81A

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Glomera subracemosa

Glomera subracemosa J.J.Sm., drawing J.J. Smith, from von Römer 1295