Robiquetia glomerata (Rolfe) Kocyan & Schuit. 2014

Photo by John Varigos and his The Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Flowers

Comparison of the two side lobes of R glomerata above and R serpentine below

Photos by Peter O'Byrne

Common Name The Ball Robiquetia [refers to the shape of the inflorescence]

Flower Size small

Found in sabah and south Kalamantan Borneo on twigs and small branches and narrow bloe trees in primary and kerangas forests at elevations of 300 to 450 meters as a small to medium sized, hot growing epiphyte that blooms in the winter.

The best diagnostic feature to separate this species form the very similar Robiquetia serpentina is the shape of the side lobe of the lip, R serpentina has a single notched side lobe, R glomerata has a profoundly 2 toothed side lobe.

Synonyms Malleola glomerata (Rolfe) P.F.Hunt 1970; *Saccolabium glomeratum Rolfe 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; A Checklist of the Orchids of Borneo Wood & Cribb 1994 as Malleola glomerata; Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 15 P.O'Byrne 2015 photo/drawing fide;