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Glomera subulata

Glomera subulata

Glomera subulata (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 2, 8 (1912) 13

Type: Schlechter 19494 (holo B, lost)


  • Glossorhyncha subulata Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 1 (1912) 309
    - Type: Schlechter 19494 (holo B, lost)

Epiphyte, erect, small, 15 cm high; rhizome very short; roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, glabrous; stems unbranched or sparsely branched, very densely leafy, entirely covered by the leaf-sheaths; leaves erect-patent or suberect, subulate-linear, narrowly obtuse or subacute, glabrous, thickly carnose, 0.7-1 cm long, 0.1-0.13 cm wide; sheaths closely appressed, striate with several somewhat thickened nerves, apical margins fimbriate-ciliate with rather long setae. Flowers solitary, glabrous. Spathe broadly elliptic, apiculate, cucullate-clasping, smooth. Floral bract hyaline, similar to but somewhat smaller than the spathe. Sepals oblong, subacute or apiculate, 0.6 cm long. Lateral sepals oblique, at the base dilated along the front margin, decurrent. Petals obliquely elliptic-spathulate, broadly obtuse, somewhat longer than the median sepal, 0.65 cm long; blade of the lip broadly elliptic, narrowly obtuse, 0.35 cm long, in the middle 0.3 cm wide, spur oblongoid-subquadrate, 0.2 cm long and about as wide, apex broadly obtuse. Column very short, about a third as long as the lip, clinandrium broadly triangular, unequally few-dentate. Anther broadly cucullate, obtusely umbonate, in front ascending, broadly obtuse, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.5 cm long.
(After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Glossorhyncha subulata Schltr.)

Flower white, lip apex with a round patch of fine grey-green dots; anther light brown.

Epiphyte in montane forest. Altitude 1300 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

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 subulata
  • Schlechter, R., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 112, fig. 421, as Glossorhyncha subulata Schltr.

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Glomera subulata

Glomera stenocentron (Schltr.) J.J.Sm., as Glossorhyncha subulata Schltr., from Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 21 (1923) t. 112, fig. 421