Glomera gastrodioides Cootes, Cabactulan & M.Leon 2017

Side View of Flowers

Plant and Flowers Photos by Miguel Daniel De Leon and The Phyto Images Website

Part Shade Cool LATEFall

Common Name The Gastrodia Like Glomera

Flower Size .16 to .18" [4 to 4.5 mm]

Found on Mindanao in the Philippines in partly shady mossy cloud forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with pendulous, flattened, rectangular, slightly wrinkled stems with persistent leaf sheaths with sparsely stellate hairs carrying olive green, somewhat stiff and leathery, adaxially glabrous, abaxially sparsely stellate, linear-lanceolate, subsessil leaves that blooms in the late winter on a stout, terminally capitate, bracteate, prduncle stout, .04" [1 mm] long, rachis .016" [.04mm] long, conglutinate, to 13 flowered inflorescence with large chartaceous, 2 unequal, 27 nerved, persistent, broadly triangular, concave, abruptly acuminate, adaxially covered by sparsely stellate hairs, abaxially glabrous floral bracts

G gastrodioides differs from the only other Philipine Glomera, G merrillii, by its tertiary branching growth habit, smaller flower size, the shape of the tepals, the papery bracts surrounding the flowers, the long-acuminate column wings and the ovary adnate to the column foot.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *OrchideenJ. 5(1): 11 2017 Cootes, Cabactulan, Pimentel & M.Leon photo fide