Glomera acutiflora (Schltr.) J.J.Sm. 1912 SECTION Uniflorae

Plant and Flowers

Photos courtesy of André Schuiteman, Dr. E.F. de Vogel and Jaap Vermeulen and Their Netherlands National Herbarium Website

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full Shade Warm Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Pointed Petal Glomera

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea in montane forests at elevations of 700 meters as a small to just medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to branching, slightly compressed leafy stems carrying many, linear-lanceolate, obliquely acute, basally cuneate leaves that blooms in the fall on a short, terminal, single flowered inflorescence arising through an elliptic, subapiculate, sparsely striate, clasping spathe and has hyaline, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

The epiteth acutiflora is a misnomer as there is nothing acute about the flower, most likely an error for sharp-leafed, [acutifolia] which it does have.

Synonyms *Glossorhyncha acutiflora Schltr. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae of German New Guinea Schlechter as Glossorhyncha acutifolia typo drawing # 409 ok; Flora Malesiana Orchids of New Guinea Vol III Shuiteman and de Vogel 2006