Accepted name Aspidistra atroviolacea Tillich. Feddes Repert. 116(5-6): 317 (335-336; fig. 1i). (2005). Synonyms Distribution Vietnam (Thua Thien) Description Rhizome: creeping, epigeous, diameter 8 - 10 mm.
Leaves: cataphylls dark purple-brown, distally greenish, up to 7 cm long; petiole 8 - 16 cm long; lamina lanceolate, basally cuneate and distally attenuate, decurrent, 18 - 25 long x 3 - 4.5 cm wide, uniformly green, mid-vein adaxially narrowly deepened, abaxially a sharp prominent keel with 3 (- 4) secondary veins either side and very fine nerves between them.
Peduncle: 15 - 25 mm long, with 4 - 5 widely ovate, dark blue-violet cataphylls; flowers solitary.
Perianth [Perigone]: campanulate, dark blue-violet; tube 10 mm long x 8 mm diameter, lobes 6, narrow triangular, 10 mm long x 5 mm wide, moderately bent outwards, smooth, distally with a narrow, thinned fringe.
Stamens: 6, 1 - 1.2 mm long, positioned a little below the middle of tube.
Pistil: columnar; 10 mm long, style cylindrical, slender, stigma rounded-triangular to trilobed, diameter 4 mm, white to pale violet; ovary inconspicuous.
Fruit: globose, mammillate, blackish-purple.
Phenology: flowers March - April.
2n = ?
Based on Tillich 2005.
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