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Glomera saccharipanis

Glomera saccharipanis

Glomera saccharipanis Ormerod, Malesian Orchid J. 16 (2015) 63, fig. 10.

Type: R.D. Hoogland & R. Schodde 7184 (holo A).

Epiphytic herb. Roots terete, to 0.1 cm thick. Rhizome not seen. Stem pendulous, lower part transversely elliptic in cross-section, higher up more compressed, laxly 5-6-branched, to at least 43 by 0.2 cm, 0.3-0.45 cm across the leaf sheaths; branchlets 13.8-26.3 cm long. Leaves thinly fleshy, lanceolate, 1.6-4.4 by 0.5-0.85 cm; leaf sheaths compressed-tubular, truncate to obliquely truncate, striate, generally smooth in lower half, laxly minutely verruculose above, exposed part 8.5- 21.0 mm long; apex acute to minutely obtuse. Pedicel and ovary fusiform, c. 0.4 cm long. Inflorescence terminal, densely many-flowered, 1.1-1.5 by 2 cm. Median sepal ovate-elliptic, 0.4 by 0.32 cm; apex subacute; 5-nerved. Lateral sepals obliquely ovate-elliptic, c. 0.42 by 0.65 cm; base dilated; subacute; 5-nerved, inner margins united to form a synsepalum that forms a 3.5 mm long (dorsally) conical-oblongoid enclosure over the spur. Petals elliptic, 4.2 by 2.5 cm; apex subacute; 3-nerved. Lip spurred, entire, joined to column for c. 0.06 cm; spur• cornuform, c. 0.4 cm long, obtuse; epichile transversely lunate-elliptic, c. 0.18 by 0.3 cm; apex obtuse. Column stout, c. 0.2 cm long; arms deltate, obtuse-truncate.
(after Ormerod 2015)

Flowers white.

Montane forest. Altitude 2895 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea (Western Highlands Prov.). See map

Cool growing epiphyte.


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

Glomera saccharipanis Ormerod is somewhat similar to G. rubroviridis J.J. Sm., but the median sepal is ovate-elliptic (versus ovate-oblong), the petals elliptic (versus subobovate), and the lip tip is not coloured (versus red tipped) and median not produced into an indistinct triangular midlobule.

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Glomera saccharipanis

Glomera saccharipanis Ormerod, drawing by Paul Ormerod in Malesian Orchid J. 16 (2015) 63, fig. 10, based on the holotype: Hoogland & Schodde 7184.