Accepted name Aspidistra alata H.-J. Tillich. Blumea 52 (2): 336 (2007). Synonyms Distribution Vietnam (Cao Bang) Description Rhizome: creeping, 5 - 6 mm diameter, densely covered with fibrous remnants of cataphylls.
Leaves: solitary but distally crowded, to ca. 80 - 100 cm; cataphylls undescribed; petiole 15 - 20 cm, lamina linear, 60 - 80 cm long x 2.5 - 3.5 cm wide, basally gradually tapering to petiole, in herbaria typically blackish brown, with a yellow prominent midrib on lower surface.
Peduncle: decumbent, 5 - 7 cm long with two bracts halfway and one at the base of the flower; flowers solitary.
Perianth [Perigone]: urceolate, dirty green-violet to dirty reddish; tube urceolate, 8 - 10 mm long x 10 - 12 mm diameter at lower third, distally decreasing to 5 - 6 mm; lobes 6, ligulate with rounded tips, reflexed, 8 mm long x 4 mm wide, each with 4 thin, parallel keels 1.5 - 1.8 mm high, keels distally fusing to each other and basally running to the base of the tube.
Stamens: 6, sessile, ovoid, 1.2 mm long x 0.8 mm diameter, closely attached to the pistil base.
Pistil: mushroom shaped, style cylindrical, 2 mm long, stigma hemispherical, 5 mm diameter, upper surface with irregular furrows similar to a brain surface; ovary inconspicuous.
2n = ?
based on Tillich 2007
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